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Great Experiences & Tours™ by Historic Hotels of America offers educational and engaging tours operated by the National Trust Tours to promote enriching experiences and explore the rich cultures of the world, focusing on the art and architecture that has shaped each community. For over forty years, National Trust Tours has been offering inspiring programs that uncover the traditions and unique elements of each culture through thoughtfully-planned expeditions, stimulating lectures and guidance led by expert historians and naturalists, and engaging discourse with the local communities. Select from a variety of Great Experiences & Tours and enjoy a trip of a lifetime.

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Mention Historic Hotels of America when booking your tour and receive three $100 gift certificates, each good toward a $100 refund when you book through HistoricHotels.org and stay for at least two-nights at a Historic Hotels of America hotel.*

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Featured Great Experiences & Tours

Sailing the Panama Canal - Costa Rica & Panama Aboard Sea Cloud
January 4-16, 2015


GAET_Sailing_The_Panama_Canal_S.jpg Experience the voyage of a lifetime featuring a passage through the Panama Canal and the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama aboard the exclusively chartered Sea Cloud, carrying only 90 guests. Accompanied by distinguished architectural historian and horticulturist Patrick Bowe, this exclusive tour explores the art, culture, horticulture, and marine life of the distinct Central American countries as the stately cruise ship traverses along the man-made miracle. Learn More.

 

Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise Aboard American Star
October 25-31, 2014


GAET_Hudson_River_Fall_Foilage_S.jpg See the best of the Hudson River Valley when fall colors are at their peak aboard the luxury American Star. Led by architectural historian John Meffert, take a specially-arranged tour of Eleanor Roosevelt's home, Val-Kill, enjoy an exclusive visit to the private home Edgewater, tour the studio of artist Jasper F. Cropsey during a private visit, explore National Trust Historic Sites Lyndhurst and Kykuit, and marvel at the Manhattan skyline from a river vantage point. Learn More.

 

Christmas Markets Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg Aboard Amabella
December 5–13, 2014


GAET_Christmas_Markets_Cruise1_S.jpg Enjoy a special holiday cruise, operated by National Trust Tours, aboard the M.S. AmaBella, through the storybook cities and villages of the Danube—from Budapest to Nuremburg—and uncover dramatic architecture and the festive spirit of the historic Christmas Markets of Hungary, Austria, and Germany, each offering distinct customs, foods, and handicrafts that continue to bring the magic of the season alive. Learn More.

 

 

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American Queen Steamboat
Multiple Departure Dates


American_Queen_Steamboat_Search.jpg Explore the diverse American landscape along mighty rivers with the American Queen Steamboat. This elegant experience affords the opulence of the American Victorian era, reminiscent of a time of leisurely and romantic travel.
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American Empress
Multiple Departure Dates


American_Empress_Search.jpg Explore the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress where voyages between Portland, OR and Clarkston, WA will reveal soaring mountains, charming river towns, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife, and frontier spirit.
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Amazon Voyage aboard La Estrella Amazonica
Multiple Departure Dates


GAET_Exotic_Amazon.jpg Uncover one of the world's most exotic natural landscapes—the vast and mysterious Amazon, the world's second longest river—aboard La Estrella Amazonica for a ten-day expedition accompanied by expert naturalist guides. This experience will explore the upper Amazon's lush rainforest wildlife, including pink river dolphins and capuchin monkeys, visit the remote indigenous villages of the Ribereño people, and tour Peru's historic capital, Lima, and its distinguished architecture. Learn More.

 

Pittsburgh and Fallingwater
June 9-13, 2014


GAET_Pittsburgh_Fallingwater.jpg Uncover the architectural treasures of Pittsburgh with strolls through historic Grand Street and visits to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, the preserved Clayton House, and unique buildings at the University of Pittsburgh campus. Experience the city's dramatic skyline atop Mount Washington and discover the heritage and influence of the former Steel Capital with Director of National Trust Tours and veteran preservationist Scott Gerloff. Learn More.

 

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea Aboard Le Boréal
June 20-29, 2014


GAET_Cruising_the_Baltic_Sea.jpg Experience the Baltic States and imperial St. Petersburg aboard M.S. Le Boréal and enjoy an exclusive opportunity to meet with former President of Poland, Lech Wałęsa, and John Cochran, former White House correspondent. En route to Stockholm, discover Peter the Great's St. Petersburg, the renaissance of Gdańsk, Poland, the medieval charms of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tallinn, Estonia and Visby, Sweden, and the stunning architecture of Helsinki, Finland. Learn More.

 

Art and Architecture Along the Coast of Maine Aboard Independence
August 1–9, 2014


GAET_Coast_of_Maine.jpg Explore Maine's breathtaking coastline aboard the Independence with preservation historian Greg Paxton and uncover its distinct maritime heritage. Cruise through calm waterways that lead to charming ports, including Bar Harbor, home of Acadia National Park and the Rockefeller carriage roads; Castine, rich in Revolutionary War history; Rockland and the Farnsworth Art Museum; and Belfast, featuring Penobscot Marine Museum's collection of 19th century structures. Learn More.

 

Iceland to Greenland: Voyage to the Arctic Circle Aboard M.S. L'Austral
August 2-14, 2014


GAET_Iceland_to_Greenland.jpg Join this rare opportunity to cruise aboard the five-star M.S. L'Austral from Reykjavik, Iceland, along Greenland’s culturally rich western coast and into the rarely-visited Arctic circle where breathtaking fjords, glaciers, and waterways will lead to remote villages and settlements and cover the culture and heritage of the native Inuit people, the history of the first Norse settlers and their traditions, and the diverse ecosystems and marvelous nuances of wildlife found ashore. Learn More.

 

Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia Aboard Tere Moana
August 15-23, 2014


GAET_Coastal_Iberia.jpg Sail the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman, and Moor mariners, and explore the treasures, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, of idyllic seaside cities, towns, and villages en route from Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal. Discover the Pillars of Hercules from Gibraltar’s “Top of the Rock,” the enchanting Balearic Islands: Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, the Alhambra Palace, and Seville's Giralda Tower, lavish Cathedral, and Moorish Alcázar. Learn More.

 

D-Day: 70th Anniversary of the Allied Landings
September 6-13, 2014


GAET_Normandy_Invasion.jpg Gain the unique perspective of a soldier in June of 1944 with this expedition that explores the historic landmarks that facilitated the Normandy Landings. From crossing the English Channel to surveying multiple communes and beaches, including Utah Beach, Sainte Mère Église, and Arromanches, the tour is led by WWII expert and historian, Frank Whitlock who will provide commentary and guidance to recreate the D-Day experience. Learn More.

 

Noble Bastions in the Rugged North: Edinburgh & Northumberland
September 6-13, 2014


GAET_Edinburgh_and_Northumberland.jpg Uncover England and Scotland's history, as this tour focuses on the Anglo-Scottish border relations that beset Scottish royalty with visits to the Queen's the Palace of Holyroodhouse; Stirling Castle; Scone Palace; and the Roman fortification, Hadrian’s Wall. Just ahead of Scotland's Independence referendum, this experience offers an exclusive look into the historic pact between the two British countries before what may be a significant year for the United Kingdom. Learn More.

 

Oxford & The English Countryside
September 6-14, 2014


GAET_Quintessentially_English.jpg Visit England’s storybook Oxfordshire Cotswolds and discover the distinguished countryside with exclusive experiences, including a private lunch with Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill at Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, educational lectures at the prestigious Oxford University, and refined accommodations at historic hotels. Learn More.

 

Paris to Provence: Cruising the Rhône River Aboard Amadeus Symphony
September 8-16, 2014


GAET_Paris_to_Provence.jpg Aboard M.S. Amadeus Symphony, travel through the River Rhône and River Saône to discover firsthand Town & Country Life® in France, from quintessential Provence and the famous wine regions of Beaujolais and Burgundy to the sophisticated city-life of Paris. This exclusive itinerary explores art, history, and culture, visiting distinctive architecture in the arrondissements, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval castles, ancient Roman monuments, and rolling lavender fields. Learn More.

 

Artistic Legacies of the Mediterranean Aboard Sea Cloud II
September 12-20, 2014


GAET_Artistic_Legacies_of_the_Mediterranean.jpg Explore the Spanish Riviera and Côte d’Azur aboard the exclusively-chartered Sea Cloud II and uncover the diverse landscape and artistic, architectural, and cultural legacies of the Mediterranean coastline, with visits including Gaudi's masterpieces in Barcelona; the stunning Perpignan in Port-Vendres, France; Nice's Matisse Museum; the Musée des Beaux Arts in Marseille; the secluded island of Porquerolles; and the magnificent gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Learn More.

 

Berlin Reborn - Europe’s Cultural Capital of the 21st Century
September 13-20, 2014


GAET_Berlin_Reborn.jpg Uncover Berlin's complex history, diverse perspectives, and its amazing transformation since the fall of the Berlin Wall, with visits to iconic landmarks such as Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, and Brandenburg Gate; the restored Desden Castle; enthralling museums housing ancient treasures, including Nefertiti, the Pergamon Altar, and the Ishtar Gate; modern architectural marvels; UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum Island; and excursions to nearby Postdam and Dresden. Learn More.

 

Magnificent Mansions & Fine Furnishings in Yorkshire
September 14-22, 2014


GAET_Yorkshire.jpg Explore the magnificent Yorkshire countryside and uncover beautifully-diverse architecture and furnishings. Experience private tours of England's most elegant homes, including visits to the opulent Elizabethan Burghley House, the imposing 17th century Castle Howard, and the distinguished Harewood House, showcasing Robert Adam interiors, Thomas Chippendale furniture, and an impressive art collection ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to 20th century pieces. Learn More.

 

Village Life in Dordogne
September 18-26, 2014


GAET_Village_Life_in_Dordogne.jpg Explore France’s picturesque southwestern Dordogne River Valley and uncover the largest concentration of prehistoric art in the world; the medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century façades in Sarlat-la-Canéda; five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the dramatic cliffside village of Rocamadour, L’Abri du Cap-Blanc, Rouffi gnac Cave, Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac, and the prehistoric troglodyte village of La Madeleine; and the rich culture, food, and rhythms of daily life. Learn More.

 

Cruising the Exotic Canary Islands & Morocco
November 7-15, 2014


GAET_Canary_Islands_and_Morocco.jpg At the crossroads of Africa and Europe, Morocco and the Canary Islands are vibrant blends of cultures, religions and peoples and are lands of majestic scenery, from stark, rocky terrain and dramatic mountain ranges to ancient forests and beautiful valleys. This one-of-a-kind itinerary features spectacular opportunities to visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites and small ports that larger cruise vessels often overlook, with an excursion included in every port. Learn More.

 


*Maximum of one $100 certificate may be claimed for a refund with a minimum two night stay booked through HistoricHotels.org following the return of your tour and completion of your hotel stay. The refund will be issued within 45 days of the completion of your stay upon submitting a Great Experiences & Tours $100 refund application. Refund application must be submitted with a copy of your hotel folio receipt, the original confirmation number from your booking on HistoricHotels.org, and the Certificate number issued to you for booking your tour through Historic Hotels of America. Certificates issued are a promotion only valid toward future reservations made through HistoricHotels.org and do not have any cash value. One certificate may be used per room per two night or longer stay at the same hotel. Eligible rates include rates publicly available at time of booking. Reduced rates, rooms included in another travel or tour package, employee rates, advance purchase rates, and certain last minute sale rates are not eligible for this promotion.


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