NY Finger Lakes & Corning

Corning plus Canyon Views & Lake Hues

Make Corning, NY the base for a tour that also visits the PA Grand Canyon in Wellsboro, PA, and Watkins Glen, NY, in the southern NY Finger Lakes! Spend a minimum of 3 days arriving midday on the first day and departing mid-afternoon on the last day with a highlight of the trip being a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass for a guided tour, Live Glass Show in the Demonstration Theater, hands-on glass activity (from blowing glass balls to designing a glass for sandblasting) and time in the amazing gift shop. Also visit the PA Grand Canyon for great views and wagon rides into the canyon’s upper gorge and along Pine Creek, tour and goodie at an artisan chocolate workshop, narrated Seneca Lake boat cruise in Watkins Glen plus laps around the track and lunch trackside at the Watkins Glen International raceway and vineyard visit with tasting. One dinner is included at a brewery restaurant and another in a historic hotel. Tour can be customized to meet your needs and extended to also include the Rockwell Museum focusing on Art about the American Experience, Glenn Curtiss Museum highlighting boats, planes and motorcycles that are the legacy of this local inventor, tour of America’s first bonded winery which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, additional winery and brewery tastings…

Tour includes: Corning Museum of Glass, PA Grand Canyon with Covered Wagon Rides and Overlook Visit, Artisan Chocolate Workshop, Vineyard, Seneca Lake Boat Cruise, Laps and Lunch at Watkins Glen International racetrack.

NEW! Letchworth State Park: Grand Canyon of the East

Travel through this amazing state park in the Mt. Morris, NY area which offers gorge and waterfall views of the Genesee River. Dine at the Glen Iris Inn, formerly part of the estate of William Pryor Letchworth, overlooking one of the major river falls. Also visit the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a working 19th-century, living history village in the Caledonia area with the largest most comprehensive collection of buildings in the state and the third largest in the country. And if you are feeling like something different, you can’t beat a visit to the quirky Jell-O Gallery Museum!

Sweet Everything!!!

Follow our sweet treat trail tasting a variety of delicious products crafted in the New York Finger Lakes. Visit a sugar shack producing maple syrup and other confections where you’ll learn about the modern method of sap collection using suction and the art of creating perfectly sweet syrup. Pick up some bargains at New Hope Mills’ factory store specializing in pancake and other gourmet mixes. Enjoy lunch plus dessert sampling at a quaint country inn and perhaps also visit a winery and distillery specializing in honey-based spirits and/or visit a dairy farm where you will meet the goats, learn how their milk is made into cheese, sample a variety of cheeses and take home a personal cheesecake dessert. Also consider including a visit to a historic Tiffany chapel for sweet sounds of an organ! One-day & multi-day options, best mid-May through late Sept. (Note lavender is usually in blooms in July and Aug.)

  • Tour options include maple sugar shack, New Hope Mills’ factory store, winery/distillery, dairy farm with cheese cake dessert and more.

 

Wine, Waterfalls & Wort

Visit numerous waterfalls, some which you can see without even getting off your bus, in gorge-ous Ithaca, NY. Also visit wineries where you’ll choose from sweet and dry vintages, and a brewery where you will learn how a mash is turned into “wort” which is then fermented and turned into beer. Try a lager, an ale, a wheat beer or stout… We’ll compliment these sites with you choice of other nearby options such as a driving tour of Cornell Plantations award-winning arboretum, browsing in a botanical garden, dining overlooking Cayuga Lake or under an immense mural at a favorite Italian spot, cheese maker tour and more. Stay for a day or two or three or four… Best May through October.

Wine & Garden Tour

Take time to smell the flowers at reknown Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion featuring nine formal gardens including rose, Italian and Japanese gardens plus ornate 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion built in the 1880s. Dine at historic Belhurst Castle, a stone mansion in the Romaneque Revival style which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One-day tours can feature a wine tasting at Belhurst Winery and/or at Sonnenberg Garden’s wine tasting bar with overnights exploring additional wine options. For a special treat, plan this trip for mid-June when Sonnenberg’s rose garden with more than 2,500 roses, is in its peak bloom period for a special Roses & Rosé variation! One-day & multi-day options, May to Oct.

  • Tour includes Belhurst Castle, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, and Wine Tasting(s)

Finger Lakes Ale Trail

Visit three or more breweries as you tap into the craft beer craze! Learn about the Reinheitsgebot, the historic German Beer Purity Law that allows only water, yeast, malt and hops to be used when beer was made in the Holy Roman Empire, the difference between lagers and ales, and which you like best! One of the sites you can visit is one of NY State’s first farm breweries specializing in small batch, hand-crafted ales brewed on site with the freshest estate-grown hops and barley harvested just a few miles down the road! One-day and multi-day options, year round.

  • Tour options include Breweries, Beer & Brat Meal, Blues & Brews Lake Cruise on select dates

We Love Lucy!

Learn all about America’s favorite redhead, Lucille Ball, in her hometown of Jamestown NY! Visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum which offers an intimate look into the lives of the first couple of comedy displaying original costumes, portraits, Lucy’s car, and more. Also visit the Desilu Studios devoted to the “I Love Lucy” TV series which includes exact replicas of sets from the show, an interactive Vitameatavegamin set, a screening area, and showcases filled with vintage memorabilia.  Enjoy a driving tour including a visit to Lucy’s final resting place plus a themed meal in the Tropicana Room. One-day tour, Tues.-Sat. year round. Custom overnights available.

  • Tour options include Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Desi-Lu Playhouse, Guided Lucytown Driving Tour, Eat Like Lucy Meal in the Tropicana Room, Chautauqua Lake Cruise or Theatre Tour

High Heavens & Deep Waters Teetotaler Tour

See the wonderful work of Louis Comfort Tiffany in a historic church full of the ornate details of this master craftsman in Bath, NY. Tour a museum dedicated to aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss who started out as a bicycle and motorcycle racer and builder.  Also enjoy the quaint lake shore village of Watkins Glen where you’ll  discover the beauty and charm of Seneca Lake as it can only be seen from the water during a narrated lake cruise. You’ll be captivated by Hector Falls at 165 feet and the majestic cliffs of the east shore with Native American paintings, plus learn about the salt industry which mines salt beds under the lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes at 680 feet. One-day tour, April to mid-Oct.

  • Tour includes Historic Church, Seneca Lake Cruise, Glenn Curtiss Museum

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NEW! “It’s A Wonderful Life” Holiday Tour

A holiday treasure, a bit of whimsy and more

Classic Corning

Museum of Glass Museum, Art Museum, Downtown Shopping

Tour includes the renown Corning Museum of Glass which contains over 40,000 objects representing over 3,500 years of glass and glass-making, and offers live glass making presentations in a demonstration theater plus hands-on opportunities plus the Rockwell Museum dedicated to “Art About America,” and lunch at the glass museum, at a brewery restaurant on downtown as you explore the Historic Gaffer District full of shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes.

Corning Sites & Canyon Highlights

A combination of sites in Corning, NY including the Corning Museum of Glass with hands-on experience plus the PA Grand Canyon in Wellsboro, PA for magnificent vistas, Victorian downtown and covered wagon ride options into the canyon gorge along Pine Creek. Best May to October.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

5 Finger Lakes: A Handful of Fun

5 Lakes in 5 Days!

Tour includes Tiffany church, Corning Museum of Glass, winery and brewery visits, lake cruise, George Eastman House, Sonnenberg Gardens, historic mansion and much more!

NEW! Finger Lakes Progressive Luncheons

Become an expert overnight!

Tour usually includes wine or spirit tastings at three sites, lunch at a winery, plus chance to learn how cheese is made at one of the original artisan cheese making farms in the region, meet their herd of goats, try their cheeses and take home a personal-size cheese cake to go!

Grapevine to Glass: Corning-Lake Escape

The best of Corning and Seneca Lake.

Tour includes Seneca Lake Cruise, Wine & Beer Tastings, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning’s Historic Gaffer District, Rockwell Museum of Art.

Lucy’s Jamestown & Erie’s Lake

Lucille Ball’s hometown and PA’s only port city!

Tour options include Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Chautauqua Lake Cruise, Lucytown Driving Tour, Lucy’s Gravesite, Maritime Museum, Warner Theatre, Fenton History Center, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson Center, Presque Isle, Tom Ridge Center.

Women, Wine & Whimsy

A great girlfriend getaway!

Tour includes Artisan Cheese House Tasting, National Women’s Rights Historic Sites, Wineries, MacKenzie-Childs Farmhouse Tour & Showroom, Waterloo Premium Outlets.

Around the World Tour

Enjoy international flavor, no passport needed.

Tour may include Castel Grish Winery, Swedish Hill Winery, Wagner’s Vineyad & German-Style Brewery, Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, Ventosa Vineyards, Sonnenberg Gardens, Seneca Lake Cruise, Artisan Cheese House, New York Wine & Culinary Center and more.

Bristol Valley Theatre

Award-winning theater in a renovated historic church!

Tour includes admission ticket for theatre performance, lunch.

Take Stock in Summer Stock!

Wonderful theatre season in a renovated historic church and more!

One-Day tour includes Bristol Valley Theatre Performance, Haunted Restaurant, and optional Quilt Shop or Artisan Shoppe. Multi-day tour options include Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, New York Wine & Culinary Center, Belhurst Castle, Brewery Tour, Wine Tastings, Eastview Mall, Antique Wireless Museum, Red Jacket Orchards.

July Finger Lakes Wine Fest

Over 80 wineries plus food and craft vendors!

Tour includes Wine Festival Admission. (The second weekend in July.)

Watkins Glen Lake & Lap Tour

Highlights of quaint lake shore Watkins Glen!

Tour includes Watkins Glen International Track, Racing Research Library, Narrated Seneca Lake Cruise. Option to add winery visit.

Tiffany to Tubman: Historic Houses of Auburn

Magnificent mansion, humble home and more!

Tour includes Tiffany’s Willard Chapel with Organ Demo, Harriet Tubman Home, NY Governor Seward House.

Keuka Lake Uncorked

Visit some of the area’s most renowned wineries on this "crooked lake."

Tour options include Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Bully Hill Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery, Pleasant Valley Winery, Glenn Curtiss Museum, Windmill Farm & Craft Market and more.