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Behind the Scenes with Don Wildman The Underground Railroad
Culinary & Brew and Wine Tour Capital Brew
Behind the Scenes Tour with Don Wildman
NOVEMBER 4 - 7, 2016

Come and explore Upstate New York on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes exhilarating tour led by Travel Chanel’s own Don Wildman, host of several television series including Mysteries at the Museum and Off Limits.  As our guest VIP, you will enter museum spaces seldom seen by the public! We will roll out the red carpet for you as we take you on a journey to explore renowned museums’ and historic sites’ archives at places like the Baseball Hall of Fame, New York State Parks research and preservation laboratories and others.  We will even take you back to the “Gilded Age” an era of wealth, glamour and prestige as you are given the “America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era” at exclusive Staatsburg State Historic Site tour as you are waited on by staff in period attire.

Your overnight stays will include some of the best historic inns and luxury accommodations in upstate New York, like the Beekman Arms-America’s oldest operating inn- nestled in historic Rhinebeck. The Otesaga in Coopertown and the Pavilion Grand Hotel, Saratoga Springs.  You have some time to connect with more fascinating experiences such as enjoying a tankard at award-winning Brewery Ommegang, the nightlife in downtown Saratoga Springs and exploring downtown Cooperstown.

Join Don Wildman for a once in a lifetime, behind-the-scenes discovery of some of the most amazing locations New York has to offer. This will be a vacation that you will never forget!

  • Exclusive tours with Don Wildman!
  • Behind-the-scenes visits of the Baseball Hall of Fame, New York State Museum and more!
  • Stay at three luxurious hotels across the region:
    • The historic Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck
    • The Otesage Resort Hotel of Cooperstown
    • The Pavilion Grand of Saratoga Springs
  • Enjoy a pint at the award-winning Brewery Ommegang.
  • Experience the nightlife in Downtown Saratoga and Downtown Cooperstown.

Email Lori Solomon at,
 call Akiba Travel at 518-322-2067 for more information.

CIA Culinary & Brew, and Wine Tour 
(Hudson Valley)
NOVEMBER 18 - 20, 2016; DECEMBER 9 - 11, 2016

Great chefs aren't born, they're made—and the best are trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Join us for an exclusive behind-the-curtain trip to the CIA where every aspect of the journey has been customized to help you enjoy all of the exquisite tastes and flavors the CIA has to offer. This is truly a once in a lifetime, unique tour you won't find anywhere else!  Enjoy a welcoming wine tasting and reception on day one, and stay at the historic Beekman Arms—America's oldest continuously running inn! After a relaxing night, you'll pick ingredients from local producers to bring back to the CIA for a chef-taught class on the Physiology of Taste, as well as enjoy an interactive market basket demonstration. Dinner will be a five-course meal with wine pairings at the Institute, where you'll be joined by one of the Culinary Institute of American’s top chefs. On the final day it's off to the local brewery for a Brew Immersion Experience with the Head Brewer, and you'll even get to help in the brewing process! This the perfect tour for those with a discerning palate and a love of hands-on experiences. No "foodie" should miss it!

  • Welcoming wine tasting.
  • Two nights at the historic Beekman Arms.
  • Tour farms and businesses that supply the CIA.
  • Pick fresh ingredients for a chef-taught class
  • Enjoy a 5-course meal with wine pairing, accompanied by the chef
  • Take part in a Brew Immersion Experience with tastings

Email Lori Solomon at,
 call Akiba Travel at 518-322-2067 for more information.

Underground Railroad Tour
(Capital/Saratoga Region)
October 21 - 23, 2016


Have you ever questioned what you have been told about history? This is your opportunity to discover the real stories! New York State was the hub for the slave trade and the Underground Railroad. You will uncover the untold stories as we explore slavery’s poignant past. You will hear powerful narratives and walk the paths of those who sought freedom and those who risked their lives helping them. Along the way, there will be boutique shopping, boat ride through canal locks, dining at locally famous restaurants and wine tasting. There will be also hidden surprises throughout the journey that will make your trip exciting and rewarding.

  • Cruise “locking through” locks and wine reception
  • Underground Railroad Safe House
  • Spend two nights at Renaissance Albany
  • Path of Solomon Northrup (12 Years a Slave)
  • Wine Tasting and Boutique Shopping
  • Fully guided tour with experts
  • Picturesque landscapes, local stories and immersion experiences

Email Lori Solomon at,
 call Akiba Travel at 518-322-2067 for more information.

Capital Brew
(Capital Saratoga Region)
OCTOBER 28 - 30, 2016

Experience New York State like you never have before! Take our one-of- a-kind on our Brewtique tour of the spectacular Upper Hudson Valley and Capital Region. This tour is for those with a discerning palate for cuisine and unique beverages and a quest for adventure. We will take you to up to 6 select boutique breweries, wineries and/or distilleries to taste quality beverages infused with distinct flavors specific to the region.  You will experience a behind the scenes look on how the brews are made, walk the Victorian streets of Saratoga Springs, hike through Saratoga State Park and enjoy the mineral springs which are known to possess healing powers and much more. 

  • Tasting at 5-6 top breweries, wineries and/or distilleries
  • Culinary experiences
  • Beautiful State Parks
  • Two nights at Renaissance Albany 
  • Local main street boutique shopping
  • Fully Guided tour with local experts
  • Special value added surprises!
  • October 28, 29 and 30, 2016
  • Contact for Customized Group Reservations

Email Lori Solomon at,
 call Akiba Travel at 518-322-2067 for more information.