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Set Sail on the Hudson

Two NYC fall foliage cruises tour the Hudson Valley — but our readers get the best deal of all!

Two Big Apple cruises showcase the Hudson Valley’s fall foliage for a tour you won’t forget. (But it’s the deal HV Mag readers get that really makes a splash!)

Where: Circle Line Downtown’s Zephy (boats depart Pier 16, South Street Seaport); New York Water Taxi (departs Pier 17, South Street Seaport, New York)

What’s special: Your journey begins in lower Manhattan, crosses the iconic New York Harbor, and heads north up the Hudson River. Canyons of gleaming skyscrapers give way to the majestic cliffs of the Hudson Palisades. The landscape is ablaze with reds, oranges, and yellows. Cruise by historic mansions and quaint villages including Lyndhurst Castle and West Point Military Academy. Travel under the George Washington, Tappan Zee, Bear Mountain, and Rip Van Winkle bridges. Enjoy the panoramic views on the open-air top decks or behind huge windows on the lower level.

The deal: Hudson Valley magazine readers receive $20 off Circle Line Downtown’s Zephy Fall Foliage Tour if purchased by October 5, and $10 off after October 5. (The price for this five-and-one-half hour cruise is $120 and includes continental breakfast, full lunch buffet, and complimentary wine tasting. For football lovers, there’s NFL football on Satellite TV.) The New York Water Taxi’s four-and-a-half hour Foliage Cruise costs $45. Readers save $10 if purchased by October 5, and $5 after that. To get the discount, readers must call New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969, ext. 0, and use promotional code WMAG.

When: Circle Line Downtown’s Zephyr: October 23, 30, and November 6. New York Water Taxi: October 24, 31, and November 7, 2010

For up-to-the-minute deals, follow Alice Shapin on Twitter @greatraveldeals
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