Join Connoisseurs Tours as we explore our country’s rich history and unmatched natural beauty with trips to estates along the Hudson River, retracing the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark, exploring the gorgeous scenery of Maine by land and sea, and venturing to the vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Traveling in Connoisseurs’ style is to travel with a purpose; we don’t just “sightsee,” we visit destinations of significance with uniquely qualified experts - often from the local community - who bring an insider’s perspective to deepen our experience. At the same time, traveling in Connoisseurs’ style means planning leisure time to explore a township on our own or to relax in luxurious accommodations and appreciate fine foods and wines.
A Connoisseurs Tours journey is an effortless experience. We handle the details from the moment you pick up the phone or register online, to the day you return home. Our caring attention to detail and personalized service are why 90% of their guests return to travel with Connoisseurs Tours time and again!
Please take a look at our varied menu of journeys, each briefly described below, I’m sure there is something to pique everyone’s interest! And - new for 2017 - now you can make a risk-free reservation online with just a few clicks, and hold your space for 7 days before confirming your plans.
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The Idyllic Hudson River Valley June 11 - 16, 2018
The College of William & Mary Alumni Association presents the Idyllic Hudson River Valley, a six-day tour of the majestic Hudson River Valley designed to celebrate over 100 years of women shaping history. In New York State, just two hours north of one of the busiest cities in the world, rests another place where the slow-moving Hudson River snakes around the old estates of America’s wealthiest families; where 150 years ago, runaway slaves risked everything moving up the Underground Railroad to find a better life; where female patriots, painters, poets, and first-ladies changed the course of American history. No other region in the country can provide such a relaxing atmosphere while, at the same time, allowing us to better understand the lives of some of our nation’s most remarkable women and the place that shaped them, the bucolic Hudson River Valley. Join fellow women of William & Mary on this memorable trip designed specifically to commemorate 100 years of co-education at the College.
Santa Fe: See the World in a Weekend July 11 - 15, 2018
On a visit to New Mexico, the English novelist D.H. Lawrence wrote, “the moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend. There was a certain magnificence in the high-up day, a certain eagle-like royalty.” This old, mystical city has been a beacon for explorers, writers, painters, chefs, teachers, all seeking their own form of spiritual inspiration for over four centuries. Echoes of a lost Anasazi civilization give way to the interweaving sounds of diverse cultures creating a new, intentional way of life. The International Folk Art Market epitomizes the creative essence of Santa Fe with its rich diversity and penchant for sustainability. AJLI invites you to join Sustaining Members from Leagues nationwide in this five-day discovery of soul-stirring Santa Fe and the renowned International Folk Art Market. Click here to view the Full Itinerary and read more. Click here for a 7-Day No Risk Hold. Click here to book a reservation.
A Serene Experience: Autumn in Saratoga & Vermont September 24 - 29, 2018
Every autumn, an ecstasy of color kindles Vermont into an artist’svision of brilliant reds, deep burgundies, glowing oranges, and sunny yellows. In this rural landscape of working farms, rolling hills, old-growth forests, and picture-perfect villages, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy New England’s grand spectacle. This serene journey includes Saratoga, Woodstock, Manchester, beautiful luxurious Inns, Grand Estates, revolutionary sites with top experts who bring us into the drama, lovely farm sites, the list goes on… Click here to view the Full Itinerary and read more. Click here to make a 7 Day No-Risk Hold on spaces. Click here to make a reservation.
Civil War: The Western Front September 23 - 27, 2018
Our “Atlanta Campaign” will begin, as it did for Sherman, in Chattanooga—the contentious, but also gorgeous, site of such engagements as Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain (also known as The Battle Above the Clouds). We will also tour nearby Chickamauga with expert guide Jim Ogden and walk the field where a near federal disaster almost prevented Sherman from undertaking the Atlanta Campaign at all. From there, we'll roll with Sherman and the Confederate defenders down through the mountains of North Georgia to Adairsville, site of the Great Locomotive Chase and another missed opportunity for the Confederates at the Battle of Adairsville. We will move toward the siege, fall, and burning of Atlanta itself. “Success to our arms at that instant was a political necessity,” Sherman said when he took the city. With Atlanta’s fall, Lincoln was reelected; Sherman’s war machine rolled onto the sea. With all due respect to Gettysburg, all Georgians should come and see where the American Civil War was really won and lost—in our own backyard.
$3,395 per person double occupancy | $495 single supplement | $750 per person deposit