Art and Architecture in the USA: Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and ‘Fallingwater’

17 Sep – 6 Oct 2020

  • Region:
    • The Americas
    • USA
  • Status: open
  • Code: 22034

Tour Highlights

  • Prof. Chris McAuliffe has taught art history at the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, and was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne for thirteen years. Join Chris to explore the greatest art and architecture in five iconic American cities: Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
  • Visit Robie House and other homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Chicago, including his own house and studio. View his eloquent Kentuck Knob at Chalk Hill, and the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
  • See some of Chicago’s finest architectural landmarks on a tour hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and view spectacular panoramas of the city on an architectural cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
  • Discover one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Plano.
  • Explore some of the world’s greatest art collections – the Chicago Art Institute (home to Georges Seurat’s La Grand Jatte), the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the new Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA in New York; and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.
  • In Boston tour the historic Public Library, visit the Institute of Contemporary Art and the splendid collections of the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Visit the great Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Opened in 2012, this houses America’s finest collection of Impressionists and early Modernists, including seminal paintings by Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse, and Picasso.
  • Compare the innovative contemporary architecture at IIT (Chicago) and MIT (Boston) with the historic buildings of Harvard and Yale Universities, and visit the Harvard Art Museums.
  • On our 6-day New York sojourn, wander through New York’s beautiful Central Park, visit Times Square and the 9/11 Memorial Site, and take a tour of the New York Public Library. Visit Manhattan’s distinctive local neighbourhoods, walk along the High Line, explore the downtown area and enjoy the magnificent views over the city from 30 Rockefeller Plaza – ‘Top of the Rock’.
  • Visit the great national monuments and museums of Washington DC, including the National Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
  • Enjoy a special in-depth out-of-hours private visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.


This was the best tour I have ever taken. I have considered a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of the USA for some time, but this tour embraced other famous architects as well as the most significant art galleries. It provided the perfect balance.  Jane, NSW.

I loved this trip because of the range of art we enjoyed and the exciting cityscapes we explored, all under the expert guidance of Chris McAuliffe. All together, it was another stand-out ASA tour.  Helen, VIC.

This was an extremely well planned tour, with an excellent balance of art and architecture. The tour leaders were very professional, the content was very stimulating and also good fun!  Helen, WA.

20-day Art and Architecture in the USA tour

Overnight Chicago (4 nights) • Boston (3 nights) • New York (6 nights) • Washington DC (4 nights) • Farmington (1 night) • Pittsburgh (1 night)


The days on this tour have been carefully programmed, however there will be opportunities for tour participants to break from the group to explore their own interests if they so desire. On a number of days the program is scheduled to finish mid/late afternoon thus allowing free time for individual exploration. Evenings have been deliberately left free to allow participants to avail themselves of endless dining opportunities and sample the many performing arts options found in each of the major cities to be visited. The daily activities described in this itinerary may be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate changes in museum opening hours, flight schedules etc. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches and and evening meals, indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D = evening meal. All entrance fees on the official program are included in the tour price.

Chicago - 4 nights

Day 1: Thursday 17 September, Arrive Chicago
  • Arrival Transfer for those taking the ASA ‘designated’ flight

Participants taking the ASA ‘designated’ flight from Australia are scheduled to arrive into Chicago in the evening and will transfer directly to The Palmer House Hilton. If you are travelling independently to Chicago, you should take an officially marked taxi to the hotel. (Overnight Chicago)

Day 2: Friday 18 September, Chicago
  • Architecture Highlights Coach Tour
  • Oak Park, incl. Frank Lloyd Wright’s House & Studio
  • Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant

This morning we embark on a Chicago Architecture Foundation ‘Highlights by Bus’ tour. On this two-and-a-half-hour private tour we shall visit Chicago’s finest landmarks, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s IIT Campus and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.

This afternoon we drive to leafy Oak Park, where we see Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and studio, featuring furniture he designed. We also see many other examples of his work in the Oak Park neighbourhood. Our visit is hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

This evening we enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (Overnight Chicago) BD

Day 3: Saturday 19 September, Chicago
  • Chicago Cultural Centre
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Architecture River Cruise

In the morning we make our way along the Magnificent Mile to the Chicago Cultural Centre, formerly the Chicago Public Library, which boasts two backlit stained glass Tiffany domes. We then walk to the massive and modular home of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which offers an impressive array of exhibitions.

After lunch we will take one of the famous Architecture cruises on the Chicago River. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore the city – perhaps by visiting the Sears or Hancock building to take in the views. (Overnight Chicago) B

Day 4: Sunday 20 September, Chicago – Plano – Chicago
  • Farnsworth House, Plano
  • Chicago Art Institute

Ninety-four kilometres out of Chicago is one of North America’s architectural masterpieces – Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House. This morning we drive to Plano to tour Farnsworth House and explore this fine example of Modernist domestic architecture.

This afternoon we visit one of the world’s great art museums, the Chicago Art Institute. The Art Institute collection is both enormous and of the highest quality, and presents major works by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and many more. Chagall’s impressive stained glass windows are truly stunning. Our visit includes an orientation tour of the collection and participants will have time to wander at their leisure. (Overnight Chicago) B

Boston - 3 nights

Day 5: Monday 21 September, Chicago – Boston
  • Morning flight: Chicago – Boston
  • Boston Public Library

This morning we transfer by coach to Chicago airport for our flight to Boston on the East Coast. Boston, one of the most important historical cities in the USA, has been described as ‘the cradle of American Independence’. Its most important buildings are more than just landmarks – they are icons of US history. Boston’s citizens have played a critical role in the development of the USA up to the present day. After settling into our hotel, we walk across the road to the marvellous Boston Public Library for a guided tour. Established in 1848, this was the first large free municipal library in the United States. The present building on Copley Square was completed in 1895, designed by architect Charles Follen McKim as a ‘palace of the people’. In addition to its superb collection of books, the library is renowned for the murals that adorn the walls of the main halls. (Overnight Boston) B

Day 6: Tuesday 22 September, Boston
  • MIT Campus
  • Harvard University Drive
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Institute of Contemporary Art

This morning we will travel by coach to MIT, one of the most architecturally dynamic university campuses in the world. The site has undergone an extraordinary regeneration over the last few decades. Here we will tour the buildings of this complex to see the works of ‘Starchitects’ Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei and Alvar Aalto, who transformed this previously pedestrian campus into a showcase of contemporary architecture. We then drive to Cambridge to admire Harvard University. Founded in 1663, Harvard was the first university in the USA and today it is the great, though friendly, rival to MIT.

After lunchtime at leisure we will visit the Harvard Art Museums, located alongside Harvard Yard. Established as an important learning tool for the university’s students in the disciplines of art history and conservation, the Harvard Art Museums are also dedicated to advancing learning in the wider community with public education programs.

Our final visit for the day takes us to the revitalised South Boston Seaport District where we shall visit the Institute of Contemporary Art. Originally established as the Boston Museum of Modern Art in 1936 and located at Harvard, the current building was opened in 2006 and contains both galleries and performance space. (Overnight Boston) B

Day 7: Wednesday 23 September, Boston
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Afternoon at Leisure

Today we use the efficient Boston transport system to visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts which boasts one of the country’s finest collections of American art as well as extensive Asian and European art collections. Highlights of the collection include Rembrant’s The Artist in his Studio, Goya’s Seated Giant, Copley’s Paul Revere, and a host of works by El Greco, Velázquez, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Singer Sargent and a superb collection of Egyptian antiquities. (Overnight Boston) B

New York - 6 nights

Day 8: Thursday 24 September, Boston – New Haven – New York
  • Yale University

Today we travel by coach from Boston to ‘New York, New York’ for six days of discovery in the ‘Big Apple’, widely considered to be the world’s greatest city. En route we shall visit New Haven, the home of Yale University. Here we shall have lunch and make a brief visit to the remarkable university, before continuing our drive to New York in the afternoon. On arrival we shall enjoy an orientation walk in the Midtown area to introduce the group to this incredible city. (Overnight New York) B

Day 9: Friday 25 September, New York
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • The High Line
  • Afternoon at leisure

This morning we travel by public transport to the ‘High Line’, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The ‘High Line’ is owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. We shall walk a section of this park to Gansevoort Street, and then the short distance to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney opened at this new site in 2015 and is the country’s preeminent museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the contemporary art of the United States.

The rest of the day is at leisure to do as you please in the ‘Big Apple’. You may choose to take a cruise on the famous Circle Line around Manhattan Island, passing many familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, United Nations building and the Statue of Liberty – a great opportunity to admire the landmark skyscrapers that have made the New York skyline famous all around the world. (Overnight New York) B

Day 10: Saturday 26 September, New York
  • Walking tour including Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower and the Plaza Hotel area
  • Frick Collection
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Our day will start with a 2-hour walking tour along Fifth Avenue, which provides an opportunity to pass the Trump Tower and the Plaza Hotel. Our first major stop is the magnificent Frick Collection: a true New York treasure. The collection owes its existence to Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), a Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist. Although relatively small in size, it does feature an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, Renaissance sculpture, eighteenth century furniture, porcelain and bronzes superbly displayed in a glorious Fifth Avenue mansion built by Frick in 1913-1914 as his New York home. This superb house more than justifies a visit in its own right. The museum has a presentation on the life of Frick and the evolution of the collection.

After a break for lunchtime at leisure, we visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. World famous for its striking architecture, it is the work of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright – whom we have encountered in Chicago. Our visit will focus on the extraordinary architecture of this museum. Group members then have the option of extending their visit to see the collection of notable modern artists including Klee, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Judd and many more. Some group members may wish to further explore some of the city’s great architectural delights: Johnson’s Seagram Building and AT&T House and SOM’s Lever House. (Overnight New York) B

Day 11: Sunday 27 September, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Rockefeller Center

Today we take the subway to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), renowned throughout the world for the quality, scope and diversity of its collections. MoMA provides an unparallelled overview of the development of modern art. The building has been refurbished in recent years which makes the visit even more pleasant. There is a courtyard featuring a magical array of sculptures by artists such as Picasso and Moore. Museum shop fans will love the huge range of merchandise available. There will be an introductory presentation and tour of the museum and its collections. Afterwards, there is time to wander at your leisure through MoMA.

The Rockefeller Center, or Rockefeller Plaza, is a complex of nineteen buildings between 48th and 51st Streets. The Center is named after its developer, John D Rockefeller Jr. The largest private building project ever undertaken in modern times, the construction of the fourteen buildings in the Art Deco style began on 17 May 1930, and was completed in 1939. Some of the buildings in the complex are: One Rockefeller Plaza – originally the Time-Life Building; 30 Rockefeller Center (’30 Rock’) – the 70-floor GE Building that is the centrepiece of the complex; 50 Rockefeller Plaza – the Bank of America Building, formerly the Associated Press Building; 1260 Avenue of the Americas – Radio City Music Hall. We will take a tour of the complex’s significant buildings, gardens and spaces, before visiting ‘Top of the Rock’, the 3-storey observation deck that provides magnificent views over the city. (Overnight New York) B

Day 12: Monday 28 September, New York
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Lower Manhattan walk
  • New York Public Library

This morning we will take the subway to Brooklyn and walk back across to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge – an iconic landmark that allows wonderful views of the city’s skyline. We then continue by subway to Lower Manhattan for a long and gentle walk that will pass many well known sites including the Flat Iron Building, Wall Street, the World Trade Center site and City Hall. We will make a brief visit to the New York Public Library and finish our day at Grand Central Station. (Overnight New York) B

Day 13: Tuesday 29 September, New York
  • Central Park walk
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Afternoon at leisure

We start today with a walking tour of Central Park, that wonderful green oasis so important to New Yorkers and visitors alike. We follow this with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), one of the world’s largest art museums. The collections are extraordinary, featuring works from prehistoric times to the post-industrial age. The antiquities collection is spellbinding, as is the huge holding of tribal art. The Met also has one of the greatest displays of American art and presents a comprehensive collection of European art that is arguably the most outstanding outside Europe. The Egyptian collections, including the Temple of Dendur, are a sight to behold. The medieval collection is housed in the Cloisters, located at the top of Manhattan Island. A visit could be easily achieved independently in the afternoon. There are a range of eateries in the Met and one of the world’s largest and most impressive museum shops. After formal introductions to the collections you will be able to explore the Met at your leisure and stay until closing time, as the rest of the day is free. (Overnight New York) B

Washington - 4 nights

Day 14: Wednesday 30 September, New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC
  • The Barnes Foundation, Parkway Museum District

Early this morning we depart New York for Philadelphia to visit the new Barnes Foundation located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Located on 4.5 acres, the vast two-storey building houses the Foundation’s art collection in an exhibition space that replicates the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original galleries in Merion. Designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, it is described as a ‘gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.’ Boasting a textured grey-and-gold Ramon limestone exterior and a glass canopy that glows at night, the building is a breathtaking addition to the Parkway Museum District. It includes a number of sustainable features, including a green roof and a 40,000-gallon rainwater cistern to water the Olin-designed gardens. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection, arguably America’s finest collection of Impressionist and Modernist works, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat and Picasso. A tour of this collection will deepen your understanding of the European landscape tradition that has enriched American landscape painting and gardening.

This afternoon we continue our journey south to Washington DC. Time permitting, there will be a short orientation walk in the vicinity of our hotel. (Overnight Washington DC) B

Day 15: Thursday 1 October, Washington DC
  • National Mall Monuments and Memorials
  • Library of Congress

This morning we embark on an excursion that will highlight some of the great monuments centered on the National Mall, the grand promenade designed by Pierre L’Enfant that stretches from the Capitol Building at one end to the Lincoln Memorial at the other, a Grecian-temple-style structure housing a statue of the former President. From the centre of the National Mall rises the tall white stone obelisk of the Washington Monument. We will drive through beautifully manicured parkland, past the long Reflecting Pool, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. We also pass the many galleries and museums that line the National Mall, several of which we will be returning to during our program.

We finish the morning with a visit to one of the greatest institutions in Washington DC, the magnificent Library of Congress. Three buildings named after early presidents combine to form the library, but it is the 1897 Jefferson Building with which visitors will be most familiar. It is here that we see the impressive Main Reading Room, and the vaulted ceiling of the ornate Great Hall. This is the largest library in the world and houses over 26 million books and 36 million manuscripts, plus significant collections of maps, sheet music, musical instruments and photographs. (Overnight Washington DC) B

Day 16: Friday 2 October, Washington DC
  • The Phillips Collection
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

This morning we visit the Phillips Collection, founded by Duncan Phillips in 1921. The museum is noted for its broad representation of both Impressionist and modern paintings, with works by European masters such as Courbet, Bonnard, Braque, Villon, Cézanne, Daumier, Degas, van Gogh, Klee, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso. In 1923, Phillips purchased Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s impressionist painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-81), the museum’s best-known work.

This afternoon we come face to face with some of the most important figures in American history at the National Portrait Gallery. Here, the nation’s history is told through portraits of not only statesmen and women, but also of contributors to the performing and visual arts, political and human rights activists, sports champions, and much more.

We spend the afternoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly the National Museum of American Art). This museum is home to one of the largest collections of art from the colonial period to the present that was made in the USA. We then walk to a nearby restauarnt that serves contemporary American cuisine for dinner. (Overnight Washington DC) BD

Day 17: Saturday 3 October, Washington DC
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Afternoon at leisure/National Museum of American History

The morning will be spent at the National Gallery of Art, one of the USA’s greatest art collections, with work by Da Vinci, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet and Renoir. After an introductory tour of the gallery highlights, participants will be free to explore the extensive museum at their own pace. You may even wish to try out the ice-skating rink in the Sculpture Garden!

This afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to visit the National Museum of American History, one of many museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution. Here you may discover an eclectic collection of installations that celebrate American culture and history. One of the great treasures of the museum is the original American Flag. (Overnight Washington DC) B

Farmington - 1 night

Day 18: Sunday 4 October, Washington DC – Chalk Hill – Farmington
  • Kentuck Knob, Chalk Hill

Early this morning we depart Washington and travel to the Laurel Highlands region of western Pennsylvania. Here we visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob, which bears eloquent testimony to his genius. Dramatic yet serene, the home blends into the mountain against which it stands. It looks out on a breathtaking panorama of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and surrounding mountains. Kentuck Knob is a refinement of Wright’s core principles of organic architecture. Designed in 1953 for the I.N. Hagan family, it was constructed by skilled local craftsmen. With an open plan based on a hexagonal grid it is constructed entirely of tidewater red cypress and native fieldstone. These stone walls not only visually anchor the house’s two wings but also rise to penetrate the horizontal line of its copper roof. Its open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs and great expanses of glass artfully integrate outdoor and indoor spaces. Its expansive yet intimate interior is furnished to the tastes of its current owners, Lord and Lady Palumbo, dedicated patrons of the arts. A sculpture park has been integrated into the woodlands and informal gardens surrounding the house. It features 35 sculptures by masters such as Andy Goldsworthy, Harry Bertoia, Claes Oldenburg, Ray Smith, Michael Warren and Sir Anthony Caro.

Tonight we stay in a lodge located in the nearby town of Farmington and enjoy a dinner at the hotel. (Overnight Farmington) BD

Pittsburgh - 1 night

Day 19: Monday 5 October, Farmington – Mill Run – Pittsburgh
  • Fallingwater, Mill Run: In-depth private visit
  • Afternoon at leisure in Pittsburgh
  • Farewell Dinner

This morning we depart our hotel early for a special out-of-hours in-depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous house. Fallingwater was designed in 1936 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. The house’s setting is dominated by the waterfall over which the house is built. The Kaufmanns chose the waterfall location but were unprepared for Wright’s suggestion that the house rise over it rather than face it; yet they accepted the architect’s original scheme unchanged. Completed in 1939, Fallingwater was constructed of sandstone quarried on the property and was built by local craftsmen. The stone walls rise between reinforced concrete ‘trays’ carrying the living and bedroom levels, that are dramatically cantilevered over the stream. Fallingwater was the weekend home of the Kaufmann family from 1937 until 1963, when the house, its contents and grounds were presented to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Fallingwater is the only remaining great Wright house with its setting, original furnishings, and artwork intact.

In 1986, New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote: “This is a house that summed up the 20th century and then thrust it forward still further. Within this remarkable building Frank Lloyd Wright recapitulated themes that had preoccupied him since his career began a half-century earlier, but he did not reproduce them literally. Instead, he cast his net wider, integrating European modernism and his own love of nature and of structural daring, and pulled it all together into a brilliantly resolved totality. Fallingwater is Wright’s greatest essay in horizontal space; it is his most powerful piece of structural drama; it is his most sublime integration of man and nature.”

We then drive to Pittsburgh for an afternoon at leisure. This evening we gather at the hotel for a farewell dinner. (Overnight Pittsburgh) BD

Day 20: Tuesday 6 October, Pittsburgh
  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  • Airport transfer for participants departing on the ASA ‘designated’ flight

Our final visit for the tour is the Andy Warhol Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Warhol’s work and archival materials. The collection of drawings, paintings, postcards, videos, sculptures and photographs covers the entire career of the artist, from his student days in his hometown of Pittsburgh through to his pop art paintings and films.

In the afternoon, participants travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight will transfer to the airport to take their flight home to Australia. Alternatively, you may wish to extend your stay in the USA. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. B


20-day Art and Architecture in the USA tour

Accommodation is in twin-share rooms with private facilities. Double/twin rooms for single occupancy may be requested – and are subject to availability and payment of the Double (as Single) Supplement. Further information on hotels will be provided in the ‘Tour Hotel List’ given to tour members prior to their departure.

  • Chicago (4 nights): 4-star The Palmer House Hilton – a centrally located hotel that combines historic, elegant grandeur with modern conveniences.
  • Boston (3 nights): 4-star The Lenox – established in 1900, is a landmark hotel in the Back Bay area, with classically decorated and freshly-renovated rooms.
  • New York (6 nights): 3/4-star The Beacon Hotel – a spacious hotel situated in New York’s Upper West Side, close to Central Park, the Theatre District and Manhattan’s many cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Each room includes a fully-equipped kitchenette with microwave, stove, refrigerator and coffee maker.
  • Washington DC (4 nights): 4-star The Melrose Hotel – a recently renovated hotel, conveniently located between the White House and Georgetown on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Farmington (1 night): 4-star Historic Summit Inn Resort – built in 1907 and on the National Register of Historic Places, this charming mountaintop landmark has panoramic views from the Great Porch of the extensive and tranquil grounds.
  • Pittsburgh (1 night): 4-star Omni William Penn – a restored Art Deco hotel in the city centre close to major museums and galleries.

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

How to book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published


Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a AUD $100.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $400.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $500.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions.


  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. ASA will refund your AUD $100.00 per person deposit, less a $33.00 service fee (including GST).
Participation Criteria

To participate in an ASA tour, you must be reasonably fit, in good health and able to participate in all activities without assistance from Tour Leaders or other tour members. If you require assistance, a fit and able travel companion must undertake to accompany and assist you with all tasks for the duration of the whole tour. ASA’s ability to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your specific needs, your health and safety and the health and safety of other tour members, is of paramount importance to us. For this reason the ASA Reservation Application includes a Medical Information section. As a general guideline, you must be able to accomplish each of these activities without assistance or support:-

  • walk and stand unassisted for at least 2-3 hours a day in hot, humid conditions
  • walk confidently on and over uneven surfaces
  • climb at least 3 flights of stairs
  • embark and disembark from ferries, buses and trains
  • walk up and down steep slopes
  • walk at a steady pace and no less than 1km every 15-20 minutes
  • organise, manage and carry your own luggage
  • follow and remember tour instructions
  • meet punctually at designated times and places
  • administer your own medication
Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double room for single occupancy throughout the tour. The number of rooms available for single use is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

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Physical Endurance & Practical Information
Physical Rating

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 20-day Art and Architecture in the USA tour involves:

  • Exploring Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC and Pittsburgh on foot.
  • Extensive walking daily (up to 5km per day), and standing during museum and other site visits.
  • Use of the New York, Boston and Washington DC subway where participants may need to negotiate many stairs.
  • The use of audio headsets which amplify the voice of your guide (despite noisy surroundings). This technology also allows you to move freely during site visits without missing any information.

Other considerations:

  • 3- & 4-star hotels with five hotel changes
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage includes 1 piece of luggage per person

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Continuing Professional Development for Architects

Practising architects who travelled on this program in past years qualified for informal Continuing Professional Development points. The eligibility for participants on the 2019 tour to qualify for Continuing Professional Development points is to be confirmed. The tour program includes over 10 hours of on-site learning delivered by qualified architects. Please refer to the daily schedule for the description of the sites visited. For details about the Continuing Professional Development point requirements please refer to the Australian Institute of Architects website:

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers:

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: Book before 30 September 2019

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily; lunches and  evening meals as indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=Lunch and D=evening meal
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Economy airfare Chicago-Boston (Day 5)
  • Airport-hotel transfers if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels (not at airports)
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Tour reference book
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of audio headsets during site excursions
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare: Australia-Chicago, Pittsburgh-Australia
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfers if not travelling on  the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply.

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA.

ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies.

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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