Ancient Egypt Weekend In New York
Day 1: New York City
Arrive anytime today (plane, train or automobile). If by plane, enjoy a free shuttle transfer to your hotel, the beautiful Belleclaire, a charming and centrally-located beaux arts hotel right near central park – walking distance from the museum. Hotel check in time is 3:00pm, you can leave your bags with the bell hop and go out and explore if you arrive early.
Overnight Hotel Belleclaire
Day 2: Metropolitan Museum of Art
This morning we walk 20mins to visit Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park. The 21 metre high Obelisk, nicknamed Cleopatra’s Needle but actually attributed to Thuthmosis III c. 1475 BCE), is the oldest man-made object in Central Park, and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City. We will continue a few more minutes to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes! We will be spending the first part of the day exploring this amazing museum. The MetropolitanMuseum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums with a collection of more than two million works of art spanning five millenia. On arrival we will head to the Ancient Near Eastern Art gallery. Egyptologist Laura Ranieri-Roy will walk us through the extensive ancient Egypt exhibits, bringing stories of the pharaohs alive around some of the collection’s most fascinating treasures. We willalso have time on our own to explore, we suggest you have lunch in one of the many dining options at the museum.
2pm: Our group will take a metro ride together to visit The Met Cloisters, a branch of the Met Museum located in picturesque Fort Tryon park, devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The museum has been a must-see for locals and visitors since opening to the public in 1938, featuring thousands of artworks and architectural elements from textiles woven during the 15th century (the Unicorn Tapestries are particularly compelling) to the breathtaking Fuentidueña Chapel. You'll also stumble upon the namesake cloisters—meditative gardens—located in various corners of the museum. Fort Tyron park on the Hudson river, site of a revolutionary war battle ground, is steeped in history and a beautiful area to explore after our tour. Our European historian Francois Roy will guide our Cloisters tour and bring the medieval history alive.
After our day at the museums, you may want to explore more of New York, find a deli, jazz club or restaurant for dinner or head back to the hotel and relax.
The Metropolitan Museum entrance is good for three consecutive days!
Overnight Hotel Belleclaire
Day 3: New York - choice of activity
Today you have a choice of attractions. Enjoy one of three exciting and enriching activities included in your weekend tour. Make your way to The American Museum of Natural history, one of the world’s largest natural history museums where you can explore the culture of man through the ages. Or, select to visit the Museum of the City of New York located at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue, where you can explore the history of the city and celebrate its future. Need a change from museums? Why not enjoy a harbor cruise instead? Climb aboard and enjoy views of the breathtaking Manhattan skyline and Lady liberty as you cruise around the island. Take time on your own after your tour to grab a final meal (on your own) – and make your way to your flight, train or car – Or why not extend your stay and enjoy another night in NYC?
Brooklyn Museum: recommended option: Just a 30min subway ride from our hotel takes you to the fabulous Brooklyn Museum. There, you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art. You'll also experience intelligent, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that reflect a fresh view of traditional and historical works as well as engagement with today's most important artists and artistic practices and ideas. A great idea for those staying extra days.
Airport shuttle bus included for your departure today.
Tour Price $675USD per person based on twin share
Single rate $1,059USD. Triple rate $545USD
✓ 2 nights Accommodation at the Hotel Belleclaire
✓ Small group visit to the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art.
✓Private tour of the Met’s outstanding Egyptian collection led by Egyptologist Laura Ranieri
✓Small group visit to the Met Cloisters, a medieval castle on the Hudson and annex to the Museum, celebrating the art and architecture of medieval Europe
✓Free Admission to your choice of the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York or a Harbor Cruise.
✓Super Shuttle airport-city round trip voucher
✓ 1 round trip Metro pass for Cloisters trip
✓ Shopping discounts at Macy's & Bloomingdales
Price Does Not Include:
* any extra sightseeing or transport * insurance
Deposit of $200USD required to confirm your space. Final payment is due Sep 23, 2019
61 days or more deposit is non refundable
60 days or less prior to departure 100% non refundable