Tour & Talk


Brookdale’s Tour & Talk day trips and overnight adventures offer yearlong opportunities for discovering places of cultural and historical interest. Get on board a luxury motor coach for a unique experience with a community of like-minded learning enthusiasts. Leave the planning and the driving to us – sit back and enjoy the ride. Buses depart from Parking Lot #1 at the Lincroft campus.


Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination At The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute And The Met Cloisters

A gift from the Sartorial Gods . . . an idea so right, so inevitably majestic, that it’s amazing it never happened here before. – Wall Street Journal

Explore the largest exhibition ever offered by the Met’s Costume Institute! Years in the making, it includes papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican and more that 150 ensembles of secular clothing from the last century. Be dazzled by papal regalia of unsurpassed intricacy and also space-age brides, monastic couture, angels in gold lamé, and a staged choir adorning the balcony dressed in head-to-toe Balenciaga. Examining fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices of Catholicism, the exhibit spans the space of the Met 5th Ave costume center and Byzantine and medieval galleries to the Met Cloisters.  Enjoy a plated lunch at the Petrie Café in the sculpture courtyard at the Met. Simply devine!

Thurs, Sept 6, 8:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 264

Andre Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra: Early Dinner Maggiano’s Little Italy Of Philadelphia

Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everyone. – Andre Rieu

Be swept away! Experience an enchanted evening. Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra will move you to laugh, to cry, and cheer for more! A magical feast of serious music presented with a lighthearted flair and extravagant production that has people waltzing in the aisles. Seats are center floor at the Wells Fargo Arena. Begin on a high note with a delicious dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy of Philadelphia.

Fri, Sept 21, 2:15 pm-12 am
Fee and Code: $239, XTRVY 263

Untapped Cities Hard Hat Tour Of Ellis Island, Abandoned Hospital

Imagine traveling for weeks by boat to Ellis Island, then, as you gaze at the Statue of Liberty, you are shuffled into the contagious disease ward of the Island’s hospital. This was the reality for roughly 1.25 million people arriving in America. Experience a private, behind the scenes tour of Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital. View Unframed – Ellis Island, an art exhibit by renowned French artist JR on display throughout the hospital complex with installations on 16 interior walls. Visit the laundry building where 3000+ pieces of laundry were washed and sanitized daily, discover the kitchen, autopsy room and other usually off-limits places along with special access inside the original morgue and long abandoned FBI offices. After 1924, the complex served as a psychiatric hospital for soldiers and was later turned into an internment camp for a estimated 8,000 German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during WWII. Abandoned since 1954 a $6 million dollar restoration allowed it to re-open to the public. Box lunch included. Please note: Tour is inaccessible for people using wheelchairs. Closed-toe-shoes are mandatory. Dress appropriately for the weather, as the buildings are not climate controlled. Travel by ferry from Liberty State Park.

Thurs, Sept 27, 10:30 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 262

Bartow-Pell Mansion Tour; City Island Nautical Museum & Walking Tour: Lunch At Sea Shore Restaurant & Marina (The Bronx)

Tour the Bartow-Pell Mansion; a hidden gem within NYC’s largest park – Pelham Bay. Boasting a late Federal style exterior and Greek Revival period rooms it is the last remaining 19th-century estate in the park. Enjoy a guided mansion and carriage house tour focusing on the architecture, period rooms, and history of the mansion and its inhabitants. Next stop will be one of the most interesting historical communities in NYC, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Discover its colorful past with a guided tour of the Nautical Museum and a walking tour of the many intriguing places of interest throughout the island. Enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the lively atmosphere of the Sea Shore Restaurant & Marina.

Wed, Oct 3, 8:15 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $145, XTRVY 265

Lakota Wolf Preserve: Lunch At Alice’s Restaurant (Columbia, NJ)

Join the pack! Explore and learn about the social structure, eating habits, and relationship to humans of some of the most amazing and beautiful animals on an educational wolf watch tour. Be surrounded by 4 different packs of wolves in the safety of an observation area in the center of the Lakota Wolf preserve. Watch the wolves play, interact with each other, and hopefully hear them howl. Also, see and learn about the fox and bobcats living on the preserve. Yes, there is an Alice’s restaurant – enjoy delicious food in an inviting atmosphere overlooking Lake Hopatcong. (Great opportunity for photography enthusiasts).

Wed, Oct 10, 8 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 266

Untapped Cities – Walking Tour Of Governors Island: Lunch At Merchants River House

Explore what’s old and what’s new on Governors Island and how both come together to create an ever-changing and exciting urban oasis.

  • We’ll meet our guide at the Battery Maritime Building and enjoy the amazing views and great photo opts on the ferry ride to the island
  • Tour Castle Williams, a fort built for the War of 1812 and once a confederate prison
  • Stroll down Colonel’s Row in Nolan Park and learn about the homes of high ranking officers
  • Explore the Hills – designed by a Dutch firm in 2016 built with materials from demolished military housing
  • Visit an art exhibit by David Brooks created from rock below the island in the old gunpowder magazine of Fort Jay
  • Be awed by the 2018 commission, Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island – The Eclipse transforms the historic Chapel of St. Cornelius with over 15,000 delicate bamboo and paper kites.
  • Relax and refresh with a delightful lunch at Merchants River House on the Hudson River Esplanade.

Sun, Oct 14, 8:15 am-5:30 pm, (RAIN DATE: Sat, Oct 21)
Fee and Code: $179, XTRVY 267

Floyd Bennett Aviation Field, Gateway National Park: Lunch At Kennedy’s, Breezy Point, NY

Opened as New York City’s first municipal airport on May 23, 1931, Floyd Bennett was the site of many important first and record breaking flights helping to advance aviation technology during the “Golden Age of Aviation.” In 1941, Floyd Bennett Field was sold to the United States Navy and became Naval Air Station-New York – the busiest naval air station in the United States during World War II. Experience a guided tour of Hangar B, home to many historic aircraft painstakingly restored by volunteers with HARP (Historic Aircraft Restoration Project). Gateway’s historic collection also includes displays  of military uniforms, insignia, cups, plaques, photos, and jewelry. Enjoy a tasty lunch at Kennedy’s offering  beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline in the unique community of Breezy Point, NY.

Wed, Oct 24, 9:45 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 268

Jasper Cropsey’s Ever Rest Home, Studio & Gallery Of Art; Hudson River Museum: Lunch At Harvest On The Hudson

Famed landscape artist, Jasper Cropsey, spent his last year’s at Ever Rest overlooking the river and surroundings he devoted a lifetime capturing in his work. Experience a guided tour of the carpenter Gothic style home along with a selection of furnishings from the Cropsey’s former home in Warwick, NY including a dining room set and draperies designed by Jasper. Visit the art studio built by the artist where he painted during his twilight years. Enjoy a docent-led tour at Westchester County’s largest cultural institute, The Hudson River Museum. Examine the work of one of the most innovative artists working today, Maya Lin (born 1959). A River Is A Drawing is an ambitious, site-specific exhibition that will explore nature’s lasting power and reveal its fragility. Satisfy your appetite with authentic gourmet Italian cuisine at the riverfront restaurant; Harvest on the Hudson.

Wed, Nov 7, 8:15 am-5:45 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 273

QVC Studio Tour: Lunch At Lemoncello’s Italian Restaurante, PA

Tour QVC’s state-of-the-art broadcasting facility. See and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers. Get a look into QVC’s more than 58,000 square feet of studio space where you may be able to watch QVC programs in progress. You may even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest! Feel like family lunching at Lemoncello’s Italian Restaurante. Perfect opportunity to start checking off your holiday wish list. All guests are required to bring identification.

Wed, Nov 14, 9 am-6:15 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 269

Bucks County Playhouse; I Hate Hamlet: Brunch At The Golden Pheasant Inn

Hot Hollywood actor Andrew Rally, star of a recently canceled TV series, arrives in New York to play “Hamlet” in Central Park and moves into the outrageously Gothic Greenwich Village apartment once owned by John Barrymore. While Andy loves the city, the theater and stardom … he hates “Hamlet.” He is ready to flee to L.A. when the ghost of Barrymore unexpectedly appears. The laughs are non-stop as Barrymore takes his would-be successor under his wing – tutoring him in Shakespearean acting, life and love. Indulge in a fantastic brunch enjoying the rustic elegance of The Golden Pheasant Inn.

Sun, Nov 18, 9:15 am-5:45 pm
Fee and Code: $165, XTRVY 270

De Gustibus Cooking School – Top Floor Of Macy’s Herald Square

Experience an entertaining and insightful culinary performance!

  • Meet And Learn From World-Class Chefs
    Gain access to a legendary chef and rising star
    Be touched by their insights and personal stories in an intimate and
    interactive setting
  • Eat Delicious Food
    Observe techniques and follow recipes of a cutting-edge chef as they
    prepare a divine menu
    Smell and savor their culinary creations served to you
  • Taste Exquisite Wines
    Sample a delightful array of wines selected by our partners

Featured Chef: Camille Rodriguez, Pizzeria Sirenetta

When Pizzeria Sirenetta emerged on the Upper West Side in 2016, it breathed new life into the neighborhood. Executive Chef Camille Rodriguez – who spent her early years working at Mesa Grill and at The Harrison and The Red Cat – will cook some of her signature, seasonal, rustic Italian fare.

Come Eat, Think & Be Merry!

Wed, Nov 28, 4-10:30 pm
Fee and Code: $175, XTRVY 274

New York Philharmonic At Lincoln Center; Handel’s Messiah: Early Dinner At Maritime Parc

Experience the quintessential classical music highpoint of the holiday season, Handel’s 1741 masterpiece. Conducted under the direction of Jonathan Cohen with chorus by Westminster Symphonic Choir, it promises to be a powerful and uplifting performance. Be moved by the stirring Hallelujah chorus that, by tradition, brings audiences to their feet. An evening of joyful inspiration will begin with an early dinner enjoying the sleek setting, gourmet food, and phenomenal city views at the Maritime Parc in Jersey City.

Thurs, Dec 13, 2:45-11:30 pm
Fee and Code: $195, XTRVY 272

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