DAY 1 Monday 25 May 2020 New York, USA
Arrival day in New York. Check in is available after 3:00pm (Flight and pre tour accommodation options are available). This evening join Malcolm and Jim for welcome drinks.
DAY 2 Tuesday 26 May 2020 New York
The tour begins this morning with the stunning World Trade Centre Transportation Hub (Santiago Calatrava). This is followed by Residential SC 56 Leonard St (Herzog & de Meuron), Gallery 257 The Bowery (Sperone Westwater (Norman Foster) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMA). In the afternoon we walk along sections of the High Line lineal park, visiting The Shed (DS + RN), the 11th Twisting Towers (BIG) and the New Whitney Museum of American Art (Renzo Piano).
DAY 3 Wednesday 27 May 2020 New York
This morning we visit some of New York's finest modern masterpieces. We start the day with 529 E 28th St (Zaha Hadid) followed by 425 Park Ave (Norman Foster) and Nike New York Headquarters (Studios Architecture). In the afternoon we visit the Vageles Education Center (DS + RN), W57 VIA 57 West St (BIG) and the Rose Center for Earth & Space (American Museum of Natural History (James Polshek).
DAY 4 Thursday 28 May 2020 Philadelphia, USA
We depart New York for Philadelphia. Along the way we will visit Frank Lloyd Wrights "Beth Shalom" in Elkins Park. Wright designed the synagogue near the end of his life and died only months before its dedication in 1959. We check into our hotel mid-afternoon and the evening will be free.
DAY 5 Friday 29 May 2020 Philadelphia
A day touring Philadelphia's architectural highlights including the Comcast Innovation and Technology Centre (Foster+Partners), the Centre for Nanotechnology (Weiss/Manfredi) and 1200 Intrepid (BIG) with its curved wall and functioning periscope providing internal light and views of the nearby Navy Yards.
DAY 6 Saturday 30 May 2020 Washington, USA
In the morning we travel by coach to Washington. The afternoon is free to see some of the wealth of fascinating buildings. Perhaps see the Capitol and the White House, or visit the many Smithsonian Museums.
DAY 7 Sunday 31 May 2020 Washington
We start our exploration of Washington with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey in Mt Vernon. In the afternoon we visit the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (HOK) and the East Wing National Art Gallery (I M Pei). The evening will be free to explore.
DAY 8 Monday 1 June 2020 Washington
In the morning we visit Frank Ghery's Eisenhower Memorial and the National Museum Africa American History & Culture (Ajayi Associates). In the afternoon we visit the Kogod Courtyard (National Portrait Gallery) (Norman Foster). There will be some free time in the afternoon. In the evening we visit several Washington memorials – Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.
DAY 9 Tuesday 2 June 2020 Tampa, USA
Today we fly from Washington to Tampa arriving early afternoon. We will depart from the modern Dulles International Airport. Its architect, Eero Saarinen, includes curving and organic forms in the design of this 1960's airport on the outskirts of Washington D.C. In the afternoon we visit the Florida Polytechnic SIT Campus (Santiago Calatrava) in Lakeland.
DAY 10 Wednesday 3 June 2020 Tampa
In the morning we return to Lakeland to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College (FSC). The afternoon is free.
DAY 11 Thursday 4 June 2020 Miami, USA
We drive from Tampa to Miami. Stopping at Palm Beach we visit the new Norton Museum of Art. Combining the new street frontage and transparent entrance lobby (Foster) with the institution's original Art Deco inspired 1941 east wing. We check in to our downtown hotel late afternoon.
DAY 12 Friday 5 June 2020 Miami
We will enjoy a wonderful day seeing the Art Deco and contemporary architecture of Miami. In the morning we visit Art Deco Miami (Aranda Lasch) and 11 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach (Herzog & de Meuron). In the afternoon we visit the Miami New World Center ( Norman Foster), The Grove @ Grant Bay Coconut Grove (BIG) and the Perez Art Museum Miami (Herzog & de Meuron).
DAY 13 Saturday 6 June 2020 Cacun, Mexico
We will have a free morning to explore Miami or for some shopping before transferring to the airport for our flight to Cancun. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 14 Sunday 7 June 2020 Cancun/Chichen Itza, Mexico
We have an exciting day visiting the famous ruins of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza, which means "at the mouth of the well of Itza ", is the second most visited archaeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid, which is known as "El Castillo" (the castle), is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (elected 7th July 2007). It is exactly 24 metres high to the upper platform. We will also see the many other archaeological sites, all carrying traces from Mayan Culture.
DAY 15 Monday 8 June 2020 Havana, Cuba
This morning we fly to Havana, capital of Cuba. Havana is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish colonial architecture in the 16th century Old Town. Salsa music plays in the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana. After we arrive in Havana we will have a coach tour of the city with an expert guide including Miramar, Vedado, Havana Cemetery, Hotel Ambos Mundos, the Ballet School and the Square of the Revolution. The evening is available for exploring this fascinating exotic city.
DAY 16 Tuesday 9 June 2020 Havana
This morning we will have a walking tour of the old quarter with an expert guide. The afternoon is free to for independent sightseeing. This evening we explore El Morro Castle prior to dinner at the Castle (at own cost), followed by one of Havana's main attractions the Cannon Ceremony at the Castle. We then visit the 10pm Cabaret Parisien Show at the Hotel Nacionale to cap off a great evening.
DAY 17 Wednesday 10 June 2020 Havana
Today we will have a cultural tour of Havana that includes the port, the various districts, the beaches, the original hotels, the museums, and the parks and squares, We will capture the character of this city that has remained ostensibly much the way it was prior to the Revolution some sixty years ago. In the evening we visit the renowned 9:30pm showtime at the famous Tropicana Club (own expense).
DAY 18 Thursday 11 June 2020 Havana
Our last day in this colorful city will be a free day with our Farewell Dinner in the evening.
DAY 19 Friday 12 June 2020 Departure
We transfer to the airport for our flights back to Australia and New Zealand.