Bus and Group Tours

We love buses!

group travel, buses, Great Camps, Gilded Age

Come to the Heart of the Adirondacks. The Drive is Beautiful. The Setting is Breathtaking. The History is Enthralling. The Food is Fantastic!  Great Camps. Great Scenery. Great Time.

“We had a fabulous day aboard the WW Durant with Raquette Lake Navigation.”  Carol Buczek, Tours By Design

“We were with the group from Susie’s Travels and want to thank you for a most interesting afternoon aboard the W.W. Durant.  Lunch was delicious and the narration has prompted us to want to learn more about the history of life in the Adirondacks.  We applaud your success as a family-owned and operated business, one that has your special touch and certainly is unique.”

 The luncheon cruise, either as a single event or combined with visits to Sagamore and/or Adirondack Museum, can provide you with a unique day in the Adirondacks, we call the “Adirondack Gilded Age Heritage Tour.”   All within twenty minutes driving time of each other, the three attractions together provide your patrons with a comprehensive tour through a period in American history known as the Gilded Age, an era when fabulous country estates were conceived and built for the truly wealthy in the heart of the Adirondacks so American “aristocrats” like J.P. Morgan and Alfred Vanderbilt might escape the summer heat and live in luxury in the most remote wilderness.

It was Mark Twain who dubbed the era as The Gilded Age…A time when vast fortunes were made in America by the Captains of Industry who built railroads, manufactured steel and established Wall Street. For these wealthy entrepreneurs fabulous wilderness estates were built in the heart of the Adirondacks so these American aristocrats could live in luxury in the most remote wilderness.

We partner with other attractions too in order to offer groups a variety of experiences. Up to the first third of the 20th century visitors to Old Forge and Raquette Lake arrived by train. You too can relive the golden years of train travel with a 90 minute wilderness train ride, roundtrip, from Thendara to Otter Lake or a 150 min, one-way ride from Utica’s Union Station to Thendara (motor coach deadheads). We’re happy that the North Creek to Saratoga Springs Rail Company now offers a scenic ride, in either coach or dome cars.  One of my favorite train rides is via Amtrak from Saratoga Springs north to Plattsburgh.  The rail journey along Lake Champlain is gorgeous.

“The luncheon trip was incredible – the boat is in tip top shape, the captain is
knowledgeable, the crew was friendly, cheerful & helpful – the lunch was absolutely fantastic. We expected a good lunch – but we got a great lunch! Way beyond reasonable expectations. I don’t know how you handle the logistics of cooking, loading, serving in a two hour span but it was done so smoothly. Even directing the herd of people down was well handled. We certainly will recommend your boat tour!”  Sallie Bailey    

Dining room set up with an array of wine glasses

Dining room set up with an array of wine glasses

Try this!  2 hour Wine Pairing Lunch or Dinner Cruise 

3 courses (soup or salad, entree, dessert)

3 different wines to complement each course

Complimentary Sparkling to start

Midweek in June, September, October- $42 pp inclusive, group rate  (tour operators ask for your lower price)

One phone call does it all! Package price, itinerary, confirmations. It doesn’t get any easier!

Sample day trip itineraries:

Itinerary variables include your schedule, season, day of week, type of cruise, how much time and/or your budget. These are just examples. We customize to suit your needs.


Adirondack Gilded Age Tour  

(This timing available June, Sept & Oct midweek; ask about timing in July & August)

10:00-1:00 Adirondack Museum self-guided tour w/ lunch in Museum’s cafe
2:00-3:30 Guided tour Sagamore
4:00-6:00 Buffet dinner cruise on Raquette Lake



Great Camp Sagamore, Cruise, boat ride Raquette Lake, Great Camps,

Sagamore & Sail

(Available June-October)
11:00-1:00 Luncheon Cruise on Raquette Lake
1:30-3:00 Guided tour Great Camp Sagamore

Rail and Sail

(subject to train schedule)Ad Sc RR
11:00-1:00 Luncheon cruise on Raquette Lake
3:00-4:30 Wilderness train ride to Otter Lake and back
3:45-6:00  North Creek train to Saratoga Springs

Rail, Sail & Sagamore

(subject to train schedule)

9:15-11:30 am Train from Utica to Thendara (bus deadheads)
Lunch on own and free time in Old Forge. (Ask about our step-on guided tour of Old Forge with local historian.)
2:30-4:00 Guided tour Sagamore
4:30-6:30 Buffet dinner cruise on Raquette Lake

SagamoreGreat Camps Grand Tour

Main Lodge

Main Lodge

Visiting TWO National Historic Landmarks! (Subject to Pine Knot availability)

Pine Knot Chalet9:30-9:50 Water taxi to Pine Knot
10:00-11:30 Guided tour Camp Pine Knot

11:30-1:00 Luncheon cruise
1:30-3:00 Guided tour Sagamore

St Williams, Long Point, Durant Days, Adirondack history,


You Can’t Get There From Here!

(Subject to St. Williams availability)

9:30-9:50 Water taxi to Pine Knot, south shore of Long Point
10:00-11:30 Guided tour Camp Pine Knot
11:30-11:50 Walk to St. Williams on the north shore of Long Point
12:00-12:45 Guided tour St. Williams
12:50- 2:20 Luncheon cruise aboard the Durant with historic commentary

Hot Critters & Haute Cuisine!

(Available June-October)
11:00-1:00 Luncheon cruise aboard the Durant with historic commentaryWild Center

1:15-2:15 Drive to Wild Center in Tupper Lake
2:30-5:00 Self-guided tour Wild Center, the new natural history museum with a private Animal Encounter (your choice of Otters, Porcupine, Raven, Owls or Muskrat) hosted by one of the Wild Center Biologists.

All attractions have ample motor coach parking, rest rooms, gift shops and snack bars. One complimentary admission (driver) with 20-29 paying; 2 comps (driver & tour escort) with 30+ paying Max 56 people. Email or call for group or tour operator rates. Contact Donna Pohl at 315-354-5532 or email rlnav@frontiernet.net.

Click here for Multi-day itinerary ideas. www.adirondackreceptive.com