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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Experience the Best of the Big Apple



Small group tour operator, Academy Travel is hosting Thanksgiving in New York with a 12 day tour for guests who want to live like a real New Yorker and see the best the Big Apple has to offer.

Academy Travel offers intimate tours with signature once-in-a-life-time experiences. Amazingly, this tour includes a rare private visit to the Museum of Modern Art before it opens to the public. Anyone who has visited the gallery will know that time alone viewing your favourite Van Gogh or Matisse rather than waiting in queues is priceless. There are also guided tours through the MET and Guggenheim by none other than each museum’s curator.

With a maximum of 20 guests the tour offers an intimate experience in New York. Staying for 11 nights at the four star Helmsley Hotel and experiencing all the events that a New Yorker would not miss at this time of year, guests will have time to get to know the city and feel like a local. Highlights include the famous Macy’s Parade, a traditional Thanksgiving lunch at the Boat House in Central Park, tickets to a Broadway Musical and importantly, time to shop at the post Thanksgiving sales.

The trip will be guided by Stuart Barrie, managing director of Academy Travel, an expert in 20th century history and a regular visitor to New York. Along the way local experts, architects and curators will also join Stuart to give detailed insight into this fascinating and vast city.

The carefully selected local guides will give an insider’s view with walking tours of suburbs including midtown Manhattan, Chelsea and downtown New York. Guests will also enjoy a historic tour to the famous mansions of the Hudson River Valley and an exploration of the culture and food in Greenwich Village.

Stuart Barrie says Academy Travel extended stay tours are very popular, particularly with seasoned travellers.

“People who have travelled a lot tend to like our tours to one destination because they enjoy settling into one place and really experiencing it,” he said.

“The itineraries make it is easy for them to discover the places independently but also offer experts to assist, experiences that are difficult to book and like minded travel companions.”

The price for the tour starts from $7,470 (land only) and includes all accommodation at the 4 star Henley Hotel including breakfast daily, tickets to Broadway Show, all entry into a variety of sites listed on the itinerary, tour guides and all meals listed in the itinerary.

To view the full itinerary or to book a tour with Academy Travel visit www.academytravel.com.au
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