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In Miami, discover some of the best-preserved Art Deco architecture in the world, explore world-class contemporary art museums and absorb the city’s casual, laid-back charm.
Then, marvel at New York’s most identifiable architectural style beginning with a fresh look at well-known landmarks such as the Chrysler Building and Chanin Building, followed by a discovery of hidden gems in the Bronx and beyond. Come right up to date with the art and architecture of today in ‘the city that never sleeps’.
Arrive in Miami on suggested flights and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including travel insurance (a condition of travel), a private hotel transfer, accommodation before or after the tour and a room category upgrade.
After breakfast, join your tour leader Claudia Chan Shaw for a welcome briefing and talk.
Then, begin your exploration of Miami with a guided walking tour of the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, boasting one of the largest concentrations of 1920s and 1930s architecture in the world. Explore three distinct styles – Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and MiMo (Miami Modern) – as you visit hotel interiors, bars and commercial buildings that capture the spirit of the time.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Enjoy a tour of the major districts of Miami, including Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Coral Gables and Downtown Miami. Drive along Millionaires’ Row and past the Biltmore Hotel, Freedom Tower, the Venetian Pool and Vizcaya Museum.
After lunch, visit the Rubell Museum, one of the largest private contemporary art collections in North America, showcasing established and emerging artists. Among the highlights on display are works by Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, alongside younger buzzed-about artists such as Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Allison Zuckerman and several Miami locals.
Continue your exploration of Miami’s thriving contemporary art scene with a visit to the Wynwood Art District. Enjoy a guided tour of the ‘Wynwood Walls’, the ever-changing murals by some of the world’s most prominent graffiti artists and iconic street artists.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Margulies Collection, featuring one of the finest collections of contemporary and vintage photography, video, sculptures and installations, all displayed in a retrofitted warehouse space.
Continue to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, located on the banks of Biscayne Bay. Designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, the modern and contemporary art museum displays a vast collection of international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
This morning, transfer to Miami International Airport for a flight to New York (flight included in tour price).
Arrive in New York in the afternoon and check in to the hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
After a talk by Claudia, begin your exploration of New York with a look at the major Art Deco icons that are part of Midtown’s celebrated skyline. Stop at the Daily News Building and the world-famous Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen. Across Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, view the brick and terracotta Chanin Building with its sculptural relief by Rene Paul Chambellan. Continue to the General Electric Building to see its elaborate Art Deco decoration of lightning bolts showing the power of electricity and see Raymond Hood’s colourful 1932 McGraw Hill Building.
Get transported back to the joie-de-vivre of Paris of the 1930s in the intimate Paris-inspired restaurant, Chez Josephine.
In the afternoon, visit the Verizon Building (previously known as the Barclay-Vesey building), followed by the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. Two enormous pools with the largest man-made waterfalls in the U.S. comprise the footprints of the Twin Towers. The waterfalls are intended to mute the sounds of the city, making the site a contemplative sanctuary.
This morning, visit the Rockefeller Center, built by the business magnate John D Rockefeller Jr. Enjoy a guided tour through the centre’s most significant buildings and spaces and view the intriguing and beautiful artwork that permeates the venue, such as ‘joie’, a breathtaking three-storey cascading chandelier by artist Michael Hammers. Ascend 70 floors into the sky and take in the breathtaking views of New York City from the ‘Top of The Rock’ observation deck.
After lunch, take a private tour of Radio City Music Hall. Explore the Art Deco public areas and go behind the scenes of this iconic New York entertainment venue.
Enjoy an early-access guided tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), often identified as the most influential (and certainly one of the largest) museums of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of contemporary architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artists’ books, film and electronic media.
The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city on your own, perhaps visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Neue Galerie, or the recently-opened Fotografiska Museum.
Today, view New York’s luxury Art Deco residential buildings along Central Park West such as The Century, The Majestic, The Eldorado and Ardsley Apartments. Then step back in time to explore the Marine Air Terminal at La Guardia Airport in Queens.
Enjoy lunch at the famed 1972 Jackson Hole diner, which harks back to the iconic Art Deco diners of the 1930s.
In the afternoon, continue to The Bronx and view the impressive Bronx Courthouse, Park Palace Apartments and the ‘Fish Building’ with its delightful mosaic entrance and façade.
Travel through SoHo and Chelsea, the heart of New York’s avant-garde art world, and enjoy a guided tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum houses a superb collection of 20th and 21st century American work. The building, designed by Renzo Piano, lends itself to the industrial character of the neighbouring loft buildings.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, walk on the High Line, a 1.6 km linear park built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan.
In the morning, visit one of New York City’s famous landmarks, the Grand Central Station. Explore the elegant Main Concourse and learn about the station’s history and architecture. Visit the Whispering Gallery and the Kissing Room.
Then, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located on Fifth Avenue. The Guggenheim is home to one of the world’s most integrated collections of modern and contemporary art in one of the greatest modern architectural icons of the 20th century.
After a free afternoon, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a farewell dinner with Claudia and fellow travellers.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
For those returning home today, make your way to the airport for suggested flights to Australia or New Zealand. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour and travel insurance (a condition of travel).
Per person, twin-share
Deposit per person (at time of booking)
13 September 2024
Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.
Miami – Grand Beach Hotel****+
New York – JW Marriott Essex House New York****+
N.B. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.
Tour code: AG2416
Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.
Suggested airline: Qantas/American Airlines
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
In order to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme, all Australian and New Zealand passport holders require an ESTA pre-authorisation application (completed online in advance of travel). Anyone who has visited Iran on or after 01 March 2011 or Cuba on or after 12 January 2021 is not eligible to travel with an ESTA and must apply for a visa to travel to the United States.
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