Catskill Mountains
Catskill Mountains - New York State Division of Tourism
New York City skyline and Hudson Valley
New York City skyline and Hudson Valley - New York State Division of Tourism
buffalo and niagara falls
Buffalo and Niagara Falls - New York State Division of Tourism

Self-Drive Upstate New York Explorer

10 nights from £1,849 per person Including Flights

Overview

Explore this 10-night self-drive through Upstate New York by starting in The Big Apple. Wander Times Square, Soho, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum before cruising to the Statue of Liberty. Pick up your car and head to Hudson Valley, discovering Beacon, Storm King Art Center, and staying in Hudson Valley. Visit the Walkway Over the Hudson, Roosevelt Farm Lane, Rhinebeck, Albany, and Saratoga Springs.

Enjoy art, culture, and nature in Syracuse, exploring parks and museums. Travel to Buffalo, experiencing its playful Canalside Waterfront, followed by a night in Niagara with views of the iconic falls. Journey to Corning for glass artifacts and Ithaca for Taughannock Falls and Cornell University. Conclude the trip in the scenic Catskills, exploring Kaaterskill Falls and North-South Lake Campground. Unwind by a campfire, sharing stories under the stars before dropping off your car in New York City. A fantastic mix of city scenes, charming towns and iconic waterfalls.

Itinerary overview

Fly in and out of New York: New York City 2 nights – Hudson Valley 1 night – Saratoga Springs 1 night– Syracuse 2 nights – Buffalo/ Niagara 2 nights – Corning/ Ithaca 1 night – Catskills 1 night

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Day 1

New York City

Fly into New York and make your way independently to the city that never sleeps! Check into your accommodation and make your way to the dazzling lights of Times Square. Catch a Broadway show or simply find a rooftop bar and enjoy a cocktail whilst taking in stunning views of the city.

Overnight: Hotel Edison or similar

Day 2

New York City

Wake up nice and early and head out for breakfast, we recommend Bubby’s in Lower Manhattan for delicious fluffy pancakes. Whilst you’re in the area, explore Soho, giving you a calmer place to walk the streets and shop like a local. Walk down to the Financial District and see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum afterwards, and then hop on a city cruise to see the Statue of Liberty. Head to Brookfield Place where you can grab a bite to eat at the food hall or make you way up to Chelsea Market for independent shops selling artisan goods as well as an abundance of restaurants. Walk the Highline towards Hudson Yards and how about taking the lift to The Edge? See the sunset whilst walking over the clear glass floor!

Overnight: Hotel Edison or similar

Day 3                           

New York City – Beacon – Hudson Valley (50 miles)

This morning, how about grabbing a coffee and taking a stroll through Central Park and do some last minute shopping before collecting your car hire? Drive north towards Hudson Valley, a beautiful region of New York State where you can stay in places such as West Point, Poughkeepsie or Fishkill.

Through your drive to the region, stop off and explore the town of Beacon, its quaint streets lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. How about visiting the DIA Beacon, a collection of art from 1960s to present? Discover the Storm King Art Center with its expansive outdoor sculpture park. Enjoy your evening dining out at a Hudson Valley vineyard with local wines and gorgeous location.

Overnight: Best Western Plus The Inn & Suites at the Falls, Poughkeepsie or similar

Day 4

Hudson Valley – Albany – Saratoga Springs (135 miles)

This morning, visit the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted railroad bridge that spans the Hudson River. Wander through downtown Poughkeepsie, discovering its historic charm, boutique shops, and local eateries. After take a scenic drive along the Roosevelt Farm Lane in Hyde Park, where you can see the FDR estate and learn about the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and wander the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.

Continue onto the town of Rhinebeck, shop around and find independent boutiques, check out the Hudson River Maritime Museum or visit Wilderstein Mansion, an 1888 mansion set amongst 40 acres of manicured grounds.

A stop off at Albany and explore the New York State Museum or stroll through the Empire State Plaza with its distinct buildings before travelling towards Saratoga Springs. This evening settle in and find a local farm-to-table restaurant evening.

Overnight: The Saratoga Hilton or similar

Day 5

Saratoga Springs – Syracuse (140 miles)

Saratoga Springs, serves as a central hub for thoroughbred horse racing, boasting the renowned Saratoga Race Course. Walk through the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, showcasing horse paintings and trophies. Within the Saratoga Spa State Park, take a moment to enjoy the mineral baths. Nearby, visit the Saratoga Automobile Museum offering a glimpse into the past with its collection of vintage models and race cars. Spend the next two nights in Syracuse.

Overnight: Collegian Hotel & Suites or similar

Day 6

Syracuse

The next day, enjoy a great mix of art, culture and nature in Syracuse from the Onondaga Lake Park with its gorgeous views, hiking the Green Lakes State Park or visiting the Erie Canal Museum with its interactive displays. The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) – a family-friendly hands-on science museum or the Everson Museum of Art. Walk through the historic district to see Armory Square with its vibrant mix of shops, local dining scene and nightlife. If you’re in the area how about heading to Salt City Market for an array of diverse eateries at its food hall?

Overnight: Collegian Hotel & Suites or similar

Day 7

Syracuse – Buffalo/ Niagara (150 miles)

This morning head to Buffalo and visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park or experience the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (AKG) for an impressive art collection. History enthusiasts have the opportunity to tread the same ground where President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. During the summer time have fun at Canalside, Buffalo’s waterfront with many choices of activities such as kayaking, pedal boats, stand up paddleboards and the half-bike, half-boat Buffalo Cycleboats!

Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown or similar

Day 8

Buffalo/ Niagara

Find a spot to eat for breakfast, how about trying the Campfire Grille’s cinnamon pancakes or fully loaded hot breakfasts? Explore the different neighbourhoods such as Allentown, a bohemian haven, Elmwood Village with its quaint cafes and independent shops or peruse Downtown and have a go at the Buffalo Wing trail! Not to mention driving to Niagara and spectating the iconic Niagara Falls! Why not take the Maid of the Mist boat tour or hike the Niagara Gorge and explore the ruins of Schoellkopf Power Plant?

Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown or similar

Day 9

Buffalo/ Niagara – Corning/ Ithaca (155 miles)

Visit Corning for the world’s largest collection of glass artifacts or how about attending a fascinating glassblowing demonstration? Wander the historic downtown area of Ithaca with its unique shops and galleries. When visiting Ithaca, you must visit the stunning Taughannock Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the region. The prestigious Cornell University is here, so why not explore its beautiful campus. Try out Ithaca Beer Company, a local brewery with regional craft beers.

Overnight: La Tourelle Hotel & Spa or similar

Day 10

Corning/ Ithaca – Catskills (170 miles)

Heading back down to stay at the scenic Catskills area, this gorgeous region with its many waterfalls has plenty to see and do. Explore the picturesque Kaaterskill Falls in the afternoon, a stunning waterfall nestled in the mountainous heart. Unwind in the evening by a campfire, sharing stories and marvelling at the stars. Consider a hike through North-South Lake Campground, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of the lake and its adjacent trails.

Overnight: Bluebird Hunter Lodge or similar

Day 11

Catskills – New York (140 miles)

This morning see some highlights of the Catskills before heading back to New York City. Visit Bethel Woods, with its historical significance as the home of the Woodstock festival, how about a thrilling outdoor experience with ziplining at Hunter Mountain or ride the Catskill Mountain Railroad on its scenic journey through the beautiful landscape. Visit its charming cideries, explore the diverse walking trails for every ability, experience exhilarating balloon rides, all offering a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and delightful memories!

Drop off your car at the airport and head back home.

  • International return flights
  • Accommodation for 10 nights as stated or similar
  • Fully inclusive car hire starting from Day 3
  • Electronic roadbook

What’s not included

  • Meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Fuel and road tolls

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