May 15-19, 2017
This customized National Trust tour highlights the exceptional art and architecture of nearby Pittsburgh—a rare 21st-century “Rust Belt” success story. Pittsburgh was the unquestioned steel capital of the world for most of the 20th century, and the resulting wealth produced a great cultural heritage with impressive architecture from the late 1800s and early 1900s still surviving. Even when the American steel industry collapsed in the 1970s and 1980s, Pittsburgh managed to reinvent and position itself as a leader in scientific and medical research. The result is a surprisingly young and vibrant city, with new architecture also worth discovering. The itinerary features Andrew Carnegie’s iconic libraries and grandiose museums, the home and art collection of his business partner Henry Clay Frick, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob.
Day 1 | Welcome to Pittsburgh
Transfer independently to the elegant Omni William Penn Hotel, a property of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program with a perfect location in downtown Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” Set out on a late-afternoon walking tour of historic Grant Street to explore the architectural highlights of the area surrounding the hotel, including a stop at Henry Hobson Richardson’s Allegheny County Courthouse and Union (Penn) Station with its dramatic domed rotunda designed by the groundbreaking Daniel Burnham. In the evening guests will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a historic, private social club.
Day 2 | Gilded Age & Cultural Gems
Begin the day with a guided tour of Clayton, the home of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick and a wonderfully preserved example of Gilded Age architecture. It is one of the few intact homes from Pittsburgh’s lost “Millionaire’s Row.” Enjoy time to explore The Frick Art Museum or the Car and Carriage Museum. Continue to the University of Pittsburgh’s unique urban campus to visit two architectural masterpieces: the graceful, light-filled Heinz Chapel and the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Learning, the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere. The Cathedral of Learning’s spacious vaulted lobby offers study space, and its distinctive Nationality Rooms, which were designed to represent the cultures of a wide range of ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County, remain in use today for university classes.
Day 3 | Pittsburgh's Industrial Heritage
In the morning delve into the fascinating history of the “Steel City” during a private themed cruise down the Monongahela River on a specially chartered boat (pending river conditions). Hear from the captain about Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage, including the rise of the steel industry and the infamous clash between skilled steel workers and Henry Clay Frick, manager of Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Steel Works, which led to the Homestead Strike of 1892. Also discover how the city is witnessing dynamic renovation and re-use of former industrial properties along its rivers. A special treat will be entering into one of Pittsburgh’s most gracious historic homes, opened by the owners exclusively for the National Trust. This afternoon, take in the highlights of the collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Then, enjoy free time at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Day 4 | Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob
Drive to Frank Lloyd Wright’s breathtaking Fallingwater, an icon of 20th-century architecture and a National Historic Landmark. Learn about Wright’s timeless monument to organic architecture while strolling through the harmonious home and grounds. After independent time for lunch, continue to Kentuck Knob, a Usonian home designed by Wright in 1953 and built into the rolling hills using native sandstone and red cypress. En route back to Pittsburgh, stop atop Mount Washington for panoramic views of the city’s dramatic skyline below and experience a picturesque ride on the Duquesne Incline, which began operations in 1877. In the evening, guests will gather for an elegant farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5 | Departures
Guests will check out of the of the hotel and take independent transfers to Pittsburgh International Airport for return flights home.
From $2,995 ($495 single supplement )*
*Tour price is per person, based on double occupancy with a minimum of 15 paying participants. Land prices are subject to change.
Terms & Conditions
Deposit & Final Payment:
A deposit of $1,000 per paying participant is required to guarantee participation in the program. This deposit may be paid by check or by Visa or MasterCard. Final payment will be invoiced and is due on February 3, 2017, by check only to International Seminar Design, Inc. Registrants will be accepted beyond this date on a space available basis with payment in full by check only.
Airfare is not included in the tour price. Participants are responsible for all aspects of their round-trip air arrangements.
Terms & Conditions:
International Seminar Design, Inc. (ISDI) acts only as an agent for the participant with respect to transportation, accommodations, and all other services relating to these tours. ISDI, the National Trust, and/or their agents assume no responsibility or liability for any act, error or omission, or for any injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity, which may be caused by any defect in any aircraft, ship, train, bus, or other carrier, or through neglect or default of any subcontractor or other third party, which may be used wholly or in part in the performance of their duty to the participants of these tours. ISDI and NTHP reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason including insufficient numbers of participants, as well as the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time. If bookings fall below the minimum required, passengers will be advised of additional costs or itinerary alterations before departure date.
Cancellations & Refunds:
All cancellations must be received in writing by ISDI, and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 per person. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or before February 2, 2017: full refund minus $500 administrative fee. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or between February 3 and March 30, 2017: $1,500 cancellation charge per person. Cancellations received on or after March 31, 2017: no refund. After the tour has commenced, it is not possible to issue any refunds. No refunds for any unused portion of a tour including, but not limited to, occasional missed meals or any missed sightseeing tours. Costs for promotion, staff, and other group expenses are not refundable. In the case of cancellation, substitutions are not accepted. Tour cost is nontransferable. If ISDI or the NTHP cancels a tour, active registrants will receive a full refund of all tour payments. A package of cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance is strongly recommended.
Tour Price Inclusions:
4 nights’ accommodations, double occupancy per itinerary, at the AAA Four Diamond Omni William Penn Hotel; breakfast daily, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners; services of an ISDI Tour Manager; entrance fees for all included visits per itinerary; land transportation by private motor coach; gratuities to local guides and drivers; taxes, services, and hotel porterage fees; and bottled water daily.
Tour Price Exclusions:
Airfare, airline taxes, and fuel surcharges; airport transfers; travel extensions; excursions, activities, or meals marked optional on the itinerary; personal items; personal services; airport tax, fuel surcharges, and travel extensions; personal insurance for health, baggage, and tour cancellation; and any other items not specifically included in the itinerary.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.