9 day self drive itinerary

New York State in Nine Days

Uncover the real New York

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New York State has so much to explore and discover and is so much more than its biggest and most famous city. Skip the Big Apple and truly get to know the real New York.

Begin with a drive through the picturesque scenery as you follow the Hudson River to the Hudson Valley region – just a two hour drive from New York City. Discover the valley’s fascinating history and culture, breath taking natural beauty and its burgeoning food and farmer's market scene.

From the Hudson Valley, head north to Syracuse where you’ll use the city as a base to further explore the incredible Finger Lakes region. Drive between the tranquil villages and small towns and sample the world renowned wines produced here, while also taking in its culture and even First Nations history.

Then journey further north to New York’s second largest city – Buffalo. Located on Lake Erie, stroll along the city’s new Canalside neighbourhood on the lake for fantastic restaurants and entertainment as well as breath taking sunsets and light shows. From Buffalo, you’ll be able to visit one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders – Niagara Falls.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Take a foodie tour of The Culinary Institute of America in Hudson Valley
  • Tour Vanderbilt Mansion - a preserved gilded-age country palace
  • Sample wines from the award-winning vineyards of the Finger Lakes region
  • Discover Buffalo's incredible craft breweries and authentic Buffalo hot wings
  • Experience the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls by boat or helicopter

Sample Itinerary Summary

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9 days
Destination Breakdown
  • Central New York
    3 nights
  • Fingerlakes
    3 nights
  • Greater Niagara
    3 nights
Private basis, Self-Guided
  • International Flights
  • 9 nights accommodation (Room only)
  • Car hire
  • Holiday prices are in £'s per person based on twin occupancy
Not included
  • Car Hire: any applicable one way drop off fees
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Toll free and charges
  • Central New York

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover in the breath taking scenery of the Hudson Valley
    • Take a foodie tour of The Culinary Institute of America
    • Stroll across the world's longest pedestrian walkway at Hudson State Historic Park
    • Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum
    • Head to Madava Farms and see the purest maple syrup on earth - Crown Maple
  • Fingerlakes

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit Armory Square's specialty restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues in Syracuse
    • Hit the shops at Destiny USA - the 6th largest shopping center in the United States
    • Explore the incredible Finger Lakes region with its quaint towns and picturesque canals
    • Tour any one of the award-winning wineries and sample farm-to-table cuisine
    • Learn about the fascinating First Nations history of the Onondaga Nation
  • Greater Niagara

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Buffalo - New York's second largest city on Lake Erie
    • Dine along the water in Buffalo's new Canalside neighbourhood
    • View the incredible sunsets and evening light shows across the lake.
    • Tour nearby Niagara Falls - one of the world's most famous natural wonders
    • Get up close to the Falls on a boat tour or a bird's eye view by helicopter