“The Gilded Age” in New York
History, Money & Music
4 Days | Year Round
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
This sightseeing tour parallels a new TV Show. “The Gilded Age,” a new series by writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), is set amongst the lives of New York’s Robber Barons in the 1880s, it premieres on HBO Jan 24, 2022 and tells the story of a new-money family trying to join the ranks of the Astors and Vanderbilts. This tour also includes the legendary The Birdland Jazz Club for dinner and a show.
Day 1 – New York City – This is a travel day ending with your arrival in New York City. Your group will have a lodging choice. We can accommodate you in suburban New Jersey (least expensive), or in Brooklyn (slightly more expensive but better suited to this itinerary), or we will gladly put you in Midtown Manhattan the more expensive but best lodging option. We believe if you are visiting New York, for the purpose of seeing New York that you should pay the price and stay in New York – it’s simply better.
This evening is free time. We will happily add dinner or activities as you wish, once you have decided on your lodging.
Day 2 – Gilded Age Touring – Today’s tour is the Gilded Age in Lower Manhattan. At the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood of Gramercy & Madison Square Park was the home of extraordinarily wealth as well as the Tenderloin District: a den of brothels, vice halls and bachelor’s clubs. You will see the famed Flatiron Building, the skyscrapers of Madison Square, and Gramercy Park as your guide talks about New York City’s development, and the lifestyles of high society – including their vices.
A special stop is made at Teddy Roosevelt’s Birthplace, NHS on 28th Street. Here you will see a film on the early life of young Teddy that will discuss the physical and emotional struggles he endured while growing up in a privileged Victorian-Era New York home. You will walk through the period rooms that contain a wealth of artifacts and memorabilia from his life.
Also included today is a visit to the One World Observatory, atop the new One World Trade Center. Your experience starts by ascending the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds. Here you look toward the horizon and feel New York’s invincible spirit. The experience starts with the See Forever Theater” and includes three floors of innovative exhibits and views.
We will work other sights into this day as your time and interest desire. While at One World Observatory it would be a convenient time to visit Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, also while we are in Lower Manhattan it is a good day to see Chinatown, Little Italy and Wall Street. But we are happy to head uptown this afternoon as well. We will help you create a trip unique to your group.
Ending the day you find yourself at The Birdland Jazz Club. Dubbed the “The Jazz Corner of the World”, by its namesake, the late Charlie “Bird” Parker, Birdland is a modern nightclub in Midtown Manhattan in the tradition of classic New York elegance. It is one of the town’s most iconic venues. In recent years, Birdland has presented memorable sets by such music legends as Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny and Diana Krall, as well as the big bands of Chico O’Farrill and Maria Schneider. Birdland remains New York’s premier destination for jazz aficionados the world over.” Performers are rarely scheduled more than 90 days in advance.
Day 3- Full Day Gilded Age Tour – Today, you explore a couple of the Mansions from the Gilded Age. It was an extravagant time for society’s elite. Here they lived for a unique moment in homes that showcased the work of America’s talented architects and landscapists.
Your first stop is north on the Hudson at the Lyndhurst Mansion, a majestic estate on the banks of the magnificent Hudson River. Experience firsthand an American icon of architecture and landscape. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. During the Gilded Age this home was owned by railroad tycoon Jay Gould. The Gould family spent many fond years at Lyndhurst, coming of age during the Gilded Age and splitting their time between Tarrytown and the city. Gould made little change to the house, opting instead to only update the décor and furniture. He also retained Master Gardner, Ferdinand Mangold, to continue to develop the grounds and run the greenhouse, now filled with Gould’s orchid collection.
Then you will visit the Oheka Castle on Long Island. At the time of its construction during the Roaring 20’s, this French-style chateau was – and still is today – the second-largest private residence ever built in America. A 127-room mansion estate was a summer home of financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn it was built in the middle of a 443-acre plot on the highest point on Long Island. Here Kahn hosted lavish parties and entertained royalty, heads of state, and Hollywood stars. The mansion has been the backdrop to many famous music, television, film, and photo productions, from the making of the classic film Citizen Kane to the more recent TV series, Succession.
Late afternoon you return to the City, and you will enjoy a nice dinner before this evening’s Broadway Play. We will happily discuss with you restaurant choices that begin with typical Times Square themes restaurants such as Bubba Gumps and Planet Hollywood, and could include very high end establishments such as the recently re-opened Tavern on the Green. We will customize this trip to meet your interests.
Day 4 – Depart – This is departure day.