Castles of the 1,000 Islands

Castles of the 1,000 Islands

Join Yankee Trails as we travel to the 1,000 Islands!

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$499 per person/Double

$619/Single - $469pp/Triple - $449pp/Quad

$319pp/Children 12 & Under Sharing a room w/2 paying adults


People from all corners of the world have fallen in love with the St. Lawrence River, its emerald islands and its picturesque shores. On "Heart Island" a devoted husband set out to build a full-sized Rhineland-style castle. Construction began in 1900 on a magnificent six-story, 120 room castle, complete with a drawbridge and Italian Gardens. In 1904, George Boldt commanded the workers "to stop all construction". His beloved wife Louise had died unexpectedly, and a broken-hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his wife at his side. He never returned to the island again. Since 1977, millions of dollars have been invested in the restoration of the Heart Island structures including the magnificent Boldt Yacht House which features a collection of antique wooden boats...some from the original Boldt fleet. Delight in four-diamond accommodations at the 1,000 Islands Harbor Hotel, located in Clayton, NY right on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy a cruise through the 1,000 islands, discover the mysterious Singer Castle on Dark Island, & more!


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Book & Pay in Full by May 4, 2019 and receive $25 off per person!  (Be sure to mention this offer as it is NOT an automatic deduction)

Departure Points:

Yankee Trails, Rensselaer - 6:15am
Dick's/Field & Stream, Latham Farms - 6:45am
Pet Smart Crossgates Commons - 7:00am
Amsterdam, Exit 27 Park & Ride* - 7:35am

*Please be advised that this is a drop off /pick up zone ONLY. Parking is not permitted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however we must adhere to the policies set forth by the NYS Thruway authority.

Sunday, August 4:

With great anticipation we board the coach this morning and travel West and North to Alexandria Bay and the magnificent Thousand Islands. Upon arrival we will enjoy an BBQ Buffet lunch (included) served in the Windows on the Bay Restaurant at the Riveredge Resort. Menu includes iced tea or lemonade, red bliss potato salad, creamy coleslaw, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, brown sugar baked beans, cornbread biscuits, and apple pie for dessert. Then we’ll head next door to Uncle Sam Boat tours for a 2 and 1/4 hour, Two-Nation cruise of the 1,000 Islands. Enjoy an international tour that will take you on a 22 mile round-trip through American and Canadian waters - what is considered the ‘heart’ of the 1000 Islands, including Millionaire’s Row. This trip will give you the best overall view of this truly unique geographical area shared by two nations. Professional tour guides will provide a lively narrative as you cruise through the narrow channels, over historic sunken wrecks, by magnificent summer homes of the rich and famous and provide you with local historical facts and folklore as well as information about the area’s geology, environment and native wildlife. The tour ends with a stop at Heart Island to visit Boldt Castle. We’ll then travel to the hotel and there will be time to relax and freshen up after check-in. The 1,000 Islands Harbor Hotel (315-686-1100) sits right on the banks of the beautiful St. Lawrence River, and offers an indoor heated pool; a fitness room and a jacuzzi (so don't forget your bathing suit!). A buffet dinner is included this evening at the hotel. The rest of your night is free to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities or to explore the Clayton area on your own.

Monday, August 5:

A buffet breakfast is included at the resort this morning. Then we will board a tour boat and cruise to Dark Island, where we will enjoy a guided tour of Singer Castle. Originally called "The Towers", it was built by self-made millionaire, Frederick Gilbert Bourne, for his family, as a hunting retreat completed in 1904. Including a labyrinth of secret passageways, turret rooms, and even a dungeon, this castle designed by Ernest Flagg is truly an architectural marvel. A boxed lunch is also included, and your sandwich choices are 1) Turkey 2) Ham or 3) Roast Beef. Each comes with beverage, sandwich, chips, pickle, fruit, & a cookie. Before we leave for home, we will enjoy a tasting at Thousand Islands Winery, the largest farm winery in Northern New York State. We will depart for home at 3pm with an approximate arrival in the Capital District at 8pm. One stop each way.

Tour Includes:

  • Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Baggage Handling & Taxes

  • Two-Nation Cruise through 1,000 Islands

  • Self Guided Tour of Boldt Castle  

  • Tour of Singer Castle on Dark Island 

  • Tour & Tasting at Thousand Islands Winery

  • 1 Breakfast

  • 1 Lunch

  • 1 Boxed Lunch 

  • 1 Dinner

  • 400 Travel Points


What are Travel Points?

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Amsterdam Amsterdam Park & Ride - Exit 27
Off of Rte 30 (Minaville Rd) at Thruway Exit 27
Crossgates Commons Pet Smart Crossgates Commons
161 Washington Ave Extension, Albany, NY
Latham Farms Dick's/Field & Stream, Latham Farms
579 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110
Yankee Trails Yankee Trails
569 Third Ave. Ext, Rensselaer, NY

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