Friday, April 17, 2020

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association’s Traveling with the Tide program, is working closely with the tour operators during the ongoing COvid-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions, please email alaycock@alumni.ua.edu.

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New! Just for Young Alumni:

Egypt: Valley of the Kings (Young Alumni) – May 2020
Portugal Adventures: Castles & Coastlines (Young Alumni) – June 2020
Live in the Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland Airwaves (Young Alumni) – November 2020

For more information about travel contact:
Amanda Laycock
Alabama Alumni Association
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
E-mail: alaycock@alumni.ua.edu
Phone: (205) 348-1547

2020-2021 Traveling with the Tide – Domestic and International Travel

There is something special when you are learning about unique places and seeing what the world has to offer. We partner with wonderful tour operators around the world to offer UA alumni and friends the best experience in travel.

We hope that you are able to find the trip you have been waiting to take! Domestic and international travel in both land and cruise packages are available. Not only does Traveling with the Tide allow you to make lasting relationships, but it also lets you make wonderful memories! 

Trips

June 2020

Egypt: Valley of the Kings (Young Alumni)

An early pyramid brimming with gold light stands forefront to a cavernous mass of rock.

Dates: June 1 - June 07, 2020
Price: $1,998 + Air
Operator: AESU

Bring out the explorer in you and visit the land that gave birth to the first great civilization. You will visit the world’s most ancient civilization and the only remaining monuments of the world’s Seven Wonders, dating back to 1350 BC. Hop on a luxury Nile cruise and visit the city of Edfu, discover the pharaonic temples in the Valley of the Kings, then see timeless treasures at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Then visit Step Pyramid, the first freestanding stone building in history and the first pyramid ever built. Afterwards, drive to the Giza Plateau and visit the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian, the Sphinx. Then enjoy a fun camel or horse-back ride in the desert. Translate ancient stories told in the beautiful hieroglyphics that line the walls of ancient tombs and part-take in a traditional Galabiyah party. Make your childhood dreams come true this year and discover Egypt.


Voyage to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily

Colorful buildings built into a mountain overlooking the coast.

Dates: June 7 - June 15, 2020
Price: $4,495 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Discover the intriguing mélange of cultures that flourished in the wake of ancient empires on this exclusively chartered cruise to the resplendent shores of Italy, Sicily and Malta. Cruise for seven nights from Rome, Italy, to Valletta, Malta, aboard the newest Five-Star expedition ship, Le Bougainville. Our outstanding, custom-designed itinerary features the very best of this historic region at the most ideal time of year and affords the unique opportunity to travel with a small, intimate group that visits seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast and the colorful seaside town of Sorrento. Gain insight into Roman life of A.D. 79 in the superbly excavated town of Pompeii. Discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina, the legendary city of Syracuse and Agrigento’s majestic Valley of the Temples. Experience the rich history of Malta, the island nation where Saint Paul was shipwrecked. Rome pre-cruise and Malta post- cruise options are available.


Portugal Adventure: Castles & Coastlines (Young Alumni)

Landscape of bountiful vineyards. classic buildings and a winding road.

Dates: June 21 - June 28, 2020
Price: $1,795 + Air
Operator: AESU

Encounter Portuguese traditions in Porto’s beautiful historic old town and cross the bridge into Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of the famous port wine. Go biking in the Douro Valley wine country and discover lush river valley vineyards that lie beneath the hilltop castles. Meander up one of Lisbon’s lofty hills to the Alfama neighborhood or take famous Tram 28 to discover the capital city’s tiny neighborhoods with baroque streets and dazzling statues. Venture south to the famed Algarve with its stunning coastline views for some beach time and watersports. Admire the Discoveries Monument honoring Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s expeditions into the new world in the 15th century; then marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jerónimos Monastery. In Sines , relax by the water or join us on an optional horseback ride across meadows, dunes and coastal forests on the Costa Alentejana. Portugal is still a bargain, but a destination on the rise and now is the time to go.


July 2020

Fjords of Norway

Coastal town at the foot of a gren mountain scape.

Dates: July 15 - July 28, 2020
Price: $5,399
Operator: Go Next

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Fjords of Norway. Your trip begins in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. Oslo is a blend of stunning natural beauty and a thriving urban atmosphere. Next, travel to Skagen, Denmark, and nosh on locally-caught seafood or visit Grenen, the point where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet. In Haugesund, visit a Viking settlement where you can see a reconstructed Viking farm before traveling to Flåm, a tiny village at the innermost point of Sognefjord, Europe’s longest, deepest fjord. Step into the vibrant energy of Kristiansund: upscale shopping and restaurants, a lovely beach, and a charming old quarter lined with quaint wooden houses. Then, tour Bodø, an inviting fishing village set against a mountainous backdrop. Trondheim, the next port, boasts the Nidaros Cathedral, the largest medieval building in Scandinavia, and Ålesund is the perfect place to hike, ski or sight-see. Your trip will conclude in London, but first, stop in Stavanger to stroll its cobblestone lanes and peruse its boutiques.


The Majestic Great Lakes

Ariel view of Mackinac island, quaint homes and churches.

Dates: July 23 - August 01, 2020
Price: $5,699
Operator: Go Next

Your journey begins in Toronto, a cultural city that hosts some of the world’s finest restaurants, clubs, and festivals. Embark on M/V Victory I and cruise to Niagara Falls. Board a state-of-the-art Hornblower for an up-close perspective of the famous Horseshoe Falls. Travel the scenic Niagara Parkway and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In Cleveland, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the West Side Market. Pass through Windsor, affectionately known as the “City of Roses,” en route to Detroit. Sail scenic Lake Huron on your way to Little Current and tour Manitoulin Island. Next, experience Sault Ste. Marie, the oldest city in the Midwest, and see the Soo Locks, one of the world’s largest and busiest set of locks, which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Your voyage will conclude in Chicago, but first, spend a day exploring Mackinac Island, a national historic landmark steeped in Victorian-era charm.


British Isles Tapestry

prospering vegetation overlooks and illustrious city.

Dates: July 27 - August 07, 2020
Price: $4,499
Operator: Go Next

Arrive in London, a cosmopolitan oasis that offers a diverse array of activities. Visit Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, or the Tate Modern. Embark on Oceania Cruises’ Marina and sail to Edinburgh. Here, see Edinburgh Castle or hike to King Arthur’s Seat. In Invergordon, explore the Scottish Highlands. Relax in Portree, a hillside harbor town on the Isle of Skye. Next, sail to Glasgow, a dynamic metropolis on the banks of the River Clyde. Belfast, the next port, is the birthplace of the Titanic. Travel to Dublin, Ireland’s famed capital and a UNESCO City of Literature—once home to renowned writers Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Take in a scenic view of Cork, a city that’s proud of its heritage and is known nation-wide for being Ireland’s “foodie capital.”  Your trip will circle back to London, but before that, stop at the Isle of Portland, situated in the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast. This small island boasts cliffs and rare plants, and is also a gateway to the Dorset countryside.


Rhine Highlights

Canal through Amsterdam surrounded by buildings.

Dates: July 28 - August 05, 2020
Price: $4,099
Operator: Go Next

Spend a day cruising Amsterdam’s canals or discover nearby Volendam and its unusual raised homes before heading to Edam, knowned for its round cheese. In Cologne, enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover the Schloss Drachenburg castle. The next port is historic Koblenz. Here you may choose to discover Cochem, a medieval gem on the banks of Moselle, on a guided tour, which includes a visit to Reichsburg Cochem Castle or you can visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Next, stop in Baden Baden, a spa town in southwest Germany famous for its Roman baths. Tour Heidelberg Castle the next day or join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg. In the evening, enjoy a private evening concert at a baroque palace. Your journey will end in Basel, but first, visit Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and Alsatian winstubs; or journey to Mittelbergheim in Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.


Imperial Splendors of Russia

A Gold accented Fountain sits below a beautiful palace on a green lawn.

Dates: July 29 - August 07, 2020
Price: $3,795 + Air
Operator: AHI

Experience the opulence of the age of czars on this eight-night adventure through Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, stride across Red Square, wonder at St. Basil’s swirling domes and discover the city’s beautiful metro stations. Inside the Kremlin walls, glimpse gilded crowns, carriages and Fabergé eggs. Visit Baroque Novodevichy Convent and its cemetery, the resting place of notables including Chekov and Khrushchev. Then, travel by high-speed rail to St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultured “window to Europe,” and stroll among the city’s canals and lavish cathedrals. Visit Peterhof, the palace of Peter the Great, and Catherine Palace, the splendid summer home of the Romanovs. Watch dancers warm up at the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet School  and view the masterworks at the famed State Hermitage Museum. Along the way, local experts share the secrets of Russia’s culture and heritage. Enjoy a country lunch and vodka tasting, an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner and first-class accommodations.


Alpine Splendor

Village full of buildings with brightly colored roofs sits afoot a majestic mountain.

Dates: July 30 - August 12, 2020
Price: $6,392
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

As your small group discovers mountain villages and European cities, rides the famed Glacier Express, cruises on glassine lakes, and ascends snow capped summits, borders disappear and the region’s history–and beauty–enchant one and all. This 14-day Swiss and Austrian exploration begins in alluring Lucerne with Europe’s oldest covered bridge and a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel train. Ride the Gornergratbahn, Europe’s highest open-air railway, to the Gornergrat’s summit where a dramatic panorama unfolds:  29 Alpine peaks, including the majestic Matterhorn.  Explore Stresa, Italy, along Lake Maggiore’s shores.  A tour of Ticino takes in Bellinzona and its iconic Castelgrande, a UNESCO site, along with lunch at a grotto restaurant.  Set out next for Austria by way of Liechtenstein, stopping in Maienfeld, setting for the novel Heidi, and enjoying a tasting at Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest winery.  A tour of postcard- worthy Innsbruck is followed by discovery of Tyrol. Reaching Austria’s riverside jewel Salzburg, get acquainted with Mozart’s city, attending a chamber concert and visiting Hohensalzburg, one of Europe’s castles.  Tour nearby Berchtesgaden and the Nazis’ Eagle’s Nest retreat.


August 2020

Trans-Siberian Railway

A locomotive follows a winding track separating the shore from green mountain.

Dates: August 4 - August 17, 2020
Price: $9,995
Operator: Orbridge

Embark upon an unparalleled journey through history on this legendary network of rails. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable lodging and exciting excursions as you leisurely traverse two countries by private train during this epic adventure.  During a city tour of Ulan Bator, visit the Choijin Lama Temple. Travel to the Mongolian Alps to wonder at the majestic landscape and otherworldly rock formations. Explore Lake Baikal—the largest freshwater reservoir in the world—during a short boat excursion and swimming opportunity. In Irkutsk, see the Okhlopkov Drama Theatre. While on board the Tsar’s Gold train, partake in a vodka tasting accompanied by traditional Russian snacks and red caviar while traversing the diverse eastern Siberian countryside.  At Kazan, see the Tartar mosques and the most famous Russian Orthodox cathedral. Also, tour Kazan’s Kremlin and learn about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Tartars, the Cossacks, and the Russians. Finally, meet a local guide in Moscow and explore the Red Square, Stalin’s bunker, and the Empire Tower. Enjoy an exclusive opening for a private ceremony at St. Basil’s Cathedral.


Gems of the Danube

Town surrounded by greenery with homes and churches.

Dates: August 19 - August 27, 2020
Price: $4,599
Operator: Go Next

Board the luxurious Scenic Amber in Budapest. Uncover Budapest’s history on a guided tour that includes a piano concert, or partake in a focused tour of the city’s Jewish heritage with a local guide. Cruise the river to Vienna, the “City of Music.” The next day, take in views of the countryside from the picturesque Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, visit Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, which houses one of the greatest collections of Austrian art, as well as works by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Take an excursion to the atmospheric medieval town of Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO site, or venture to Salzburg to explore the birthplace of Mozart and the backdrop for the film The Sound of Music. Your voyage will conclude in Nuremberg. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the legendary once-every-10-years passion play at Oberammergau with the optional Go Next Oberammergau & Munich post-cruise program (one night near Oberammergau with admission to the passion play, three nights near Munich).


Paris Featuring the African-American Experience

Sun Sets behind the Eiffel Tower. Bridge that overpasses the Seine River.

Dates: August 22 - August 30, 2020
Price: $3,495 + Air
Operator: AHI

Discover how African-American culture shaped Paris in the Jazz Age and beyond on this seven- night trip to the City of Light. In the years following World War I, many African-Americans—including luminaries such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes and Eugene Bullard—felt accepted in Paris, thousands of miles from the U.S. Trace the rich history of the city’s African- American community on specially designed walking tours and talks, and watch a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s and 1930s Paris. After, meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session. Learn how jazz enchanted the city, and feel the rhythms for yourself with dinner and a concert at a local club. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise, a Louvre tour, and traveling on the Métro. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.


St. Lawrence Seaway & French Canada

French Canadian City Scape.

Dates: August 23 - September 01, 2020
Price: $5,699
Operator: Go Next

Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the M/V Victory II in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown. Next, stop in stop in Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the West Side Market, which offers fares from more than 100 unique vendors. Journey to Niagara Falls and witness the thunderous power of the famous Horseshoe Falls up close on a state-of-the-art Hornblower. In Toronto, visit some of the world’s finest restaurants and clubs before traveling to Kingston to see its historic waterfront, a popular freshwater diving site. Then, sail through the Thousand Islands, an archipelago of more than 1,800 islands rising up from the St. Lawrence River that mark the border between the United States and Canada. Your voyage will end in Montréal, but first, spend two days in Québec City, the only walled city in North America. Admire historic sites on a journey to Montmorency Falls and experience an incredible bird’s-eye view on an exciting cable car ride.


US Open Tennis Championships

Crowded arena for tennis match on a blue court.

Dates: August 30 - September 03, 2020
Price: $3,599
Operator: Sports Entertainment Travel

Cross a must-see tennis championship, the U.S. Open, off your bucket list. Mix in all the sites and attractions of New York City with the experience of the premier tennis championship at the beautiful USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Watch opening night action from a courtside seat at Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Spend a day exploring the Big Apple and everything it has to offer, including Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Times Square, the National September 11 Memorial and the Empire State Building. History buffs will want to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. A viewing party will be held at an upscale New York City bar with drinks and appetizers to watch the evening session. Head back to the Tennis Center and tour the campus and courts with a day session Arthur Ashe Loge ticket on Wednesday that allows access to all other stadiums/courts.


September 2020

Relics & Retreats

Ancient buildings outstretches into the sea.

Dates: September 7 - September 20, 2020
Price: $4,499
Operator: Go Next

Begin your journey in Barcelona, a melting pot of Roman, Greek, Moorish and Catalan influences. Spend a day at sea aboard the luxurious Riviera before stopping at Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with history, culture, and old-world beauty. Next, travel to Argostoli and discover the old town square and Koutavos Lagoon. In Kotor, take in the Venetian architecture and twelfth-century St. Tryphon Cathedral. Dubrovnik, the next stop, is an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian coast that retains its centuries-long allure. Stroll its pedestrian-only Old Town or stop into a snug café. Spend two days in Venice, the timeless city of piazzas and trattorias. Enjoy its world-class cuisine and charming old shops. Cruise to Corfu and relax along the coastline before sailing to Messina to see the Piazza del Duomo. Your trip will conclude in Rome, but before that, travel to Sorrento and visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii or view the Roman ruins and Punta del Capo.


Moroccan Discovery

Historic Mosque sits above a tropical dessert range.

Dates: September 8 - September 21, 2020
Price: $5,579
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

On this one of a kind, 14-day small group journey, eyes and hearts are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. Your touring begins in seaside Rabat, the Moroccan capital, where highlights include the Roman site of Chella, the contemporary art museum and lunch in a private home. See imperial Meknes and Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites visited. Next is exploration of Fez with its fascinating medina and dinner in a family-run riad.  Passing through the Middle Atlas mountains, enjoy a tour highlight: a sunset camel excursion along Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes.  En route to Ouarzazate, encounter spectacular scenery in the snow-topped High Atlas, including dramatic Todra Gorge.  Traverse the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” and visit scenic Ait ben-Haddou village, another UNESCO site. In alluring Marrakesh, tour the medina and the city’s heart, Djemaa el Fna Square.  The final destination is storied Casablanca, where a highlight is touring the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.


Portrait of Italy

A coastal metropolis filled with hearty residences overlooks boats perched on the coast.

Dates: September 22 - October 07, 2020
Price: $5,374
Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.  Traveling in a small group limited to 24 people, you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village.  Head first to the Amalfi Coast for a three-night stay featuring a cruise along the coastline, touring of Pompeii’s exquisite ruins, and a thrilling Amalfi Coast drive.  Lodging at a well-located hotel in Rome for the next three nights, tour the heart of ancient Rome and the monumental Vatican. A three-night stay in Orvieto, dramatically set in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, follows. Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and take an excursion to beloved Assisi.  Journey to alluring Tuscany for a three-night stay and discover splendid Siena, Florence, a living monument to the Renaissance, and the classic Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings.  In Venice, the final destination, get acquainted with vast St. Mark’s Square and explore independently.  Discover this treasured city with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.


Crowning Journey

Cultural meccca, historic catherdal, townhomes.

Dates: September 23 - October 08, 2020
Price: $3,999
Operator: Go Next

Your journey begins in London, an energetic cosmopolitan city immersed in history, culture, and art. Spend the day visiting Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, or the Tate Modern. Sail to Saint-Malo and stroll the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets. In Plymouth, wander through historic sites dating back to the fifteenth century, including the Mayflower steps. Spend four days in luxury crossing the Atlantic Ocean and arrive on the shores of St. John’s. Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the next stop, is a little taste of Europe in the middle of the Americas. These islands are France’s only territory in North America. Next, travel to Corner Brook, a city with a spectacular combination of ocean and mountain scenery. Spend a day at sea before arriving in Saguenay, a city with a unique fjord and rich ecosystem that draws pods of visiting whales, seals, and seabirds. In Québec City, see the Château Frontenac and the Parliament Building. Your trip concludes in Montréal, that blends North American charm with European charisma.


October 2020

Red Sea to the Aegean

A solidly populated City sits atop a steep mountain ledge overlooking the sea.

Dates: October 29 - November 11, 2020
Price: $7,695 + Air
Operator: Gohagan

Join this one-of-a-kind 12-night sojourn on three continents to explore the ancient treasures and engineering marvels of Greece, Egypt and Jordan. Cruise for eight nights from the azure Aegean into the brilliant Mediterranean and across to the Red Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, five- star Le Bougainville, launching in 2019 and featuring a multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge and only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. Tour the storied Greek island of Santorini and the illustrious Egyptian city of Alexandria. Mid-cruise, overnight in awe inspiring Luxor in Nile-view rooms and in Giza at the foot of the Great Pyramids, the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Spend one night adjacent to the “rose red city” of Petra—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and three nights in Amman, Jordan, to visit the Greco-Roman town of Jerash. This program features visits to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including an excursion into Wadi Rum and a specially arranged visit into the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Two night Athens and Delphi pre-program option and six night Israel post- program option.


November 2020

Live in the Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland Airwaves (Young Alumni)

People relax in a natural blue pool under a blue sky.

Dates: November 5 - November 08, 2020
Price: $1,835 + Air
Operator: AESU

Iceland Airwaves Festival is the world’s most northerly music showcase festival featuring acts ranging from the unknown, to the up-and-coming, to international headliners. For the 22nd year, Reykjavik’s bars, clubs, bookshops and theaters will become the setting for this unique event. The winter solstice, with only a few hours of sunlight, makes for a music lover’s unmatched experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the majestic Northern Lights. You will discover Iceland’s most famous Golden Circle natural treasures including the waterfall Gullfoss with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. The Geyser area has numerous hot springs and geysers, including the famous Strokkur. Take a plunge into a natural hot spring pool at the Secret Lagoon, surrounded by geothermal spots and a small geyser that erupts every few minutes. This is an adventure that you don’t want to miss.


Million Dollar Band & Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dates: November 24 - November 28, 2020
Price: 3329.00
Operator: Beyond Group Travel

There is no place like New York City during the holiday season. We are excited to once again offer this wonderful multi-generational Thanksgiving trip to world-famous New York City. For the first time, see the Million Dollar Band perform live in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for you and your family to start the holidays and experience the wonders of New York: its famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the brilliance of Broadway, impeccable restaurants and endless sightseeing.


December 2020

Spotlight on New York City Holiday

Blue Sky serves as the background to the New York City Skyline of buildings.

Dates: December 2 - December 06, 2020
Price: $3,199
Operator: Collette

Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular tour. From Rockefeller Center, the Wall Street district, Chinatown and Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination that will dazzle even the most seasoned traveler. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Enjoy breakfast at the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, featuring a singing waitstaff. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway shows. Board a ferry for a cruise of New York Harbor. Take in the incredible views of the towering Statue of Liberty, dock and get up-close to “Lady Liberty.” Then it’s on to Ellis Island, where you can step back in time on a self-guided tour of the museum. Choose to join an optional walking tour of Greenwich Village including dinner. See the Empire State Building and Central Park and visit the poignant 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop at some of the world’s most legendary department stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue and explore this fabulous city on your own.