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Cruise through awesome locks and stunning scenery on the iconic Erie Canal into the heart of New York State! From the sparkling waters of the Finger Lakes through to the powerful cascades of Niagara Falls, breathtaking maritime beauty awaits you. Experience the Falls from amazing perspectives, on the U.S. and Canada sides. The observation tower above Niagara Gorge, the Hornblower cruise ship below, and the AAA four-diamond hotel Marriott Gateway on the Falls (two nights) just 200 yards from the brink—we just know you’ll be mesmerized by every view! Along the way, travel off the beaten path to meet fascinating folks—horse trainers, dairy and fruit farmers and more—who share the colorful past and present of their communities.
- View famed Niagara Falls from both the Canada and U.S. sides
- Overnight in the charming small town of Seneca Falls
- Cruise and lock through the Erie Canal
- Tour Ontario’s Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Visit an inspiring equine therapy ranch, robotic dairy, alpaca farm, orchard and scenic vineyard
- Lucille Ball Museum visit
- Visit local crafters and bakers in Amish country
- Chef demonstration at NY Kitchen
- Get up close to the falls on the Hornblower
- Free airport shuttle to starting hotel
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1–BUFFALO WELCOME
Welcome to Buffalo, a friendly community on Lake Erie, where you will meet your fellow travelers for a get-acquainted reception.
DAY 2–TIFFANY WINDOWS/ERIE CANAL CRUISE/MODEL TRAINS/WATT FARM
In the historic community of Lockport on the Erie Canal, see a dozen dazzling stained glass windows made by world-renowned Tiffany craftsmen at First Presbyterian Church. Next, board a delightful ferry for a cruise on the iconic Erie Canal! The 363-mile canal, built from 1817 to 1825, was an engineering marvel in its time and established New York State as the international center of commerce and finance it is today. You’ll “lock through” enormous locks that raise and lower ships, allowing them to pass from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. See water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five.” Later, you’re on track for a model train exhibit at Medina Railroad Museum in the New York Central freight depot. Model train enthusiasts will admire the HO-scale model train and diorama—one of the world’s longest, spread out all on one floor! Round off the afternoon with a tasty and colorful stop at Watt Farm, as pristine an orchard and farm as you’ll ever find in upstate New York. B, L
DAY 3–EQUICENTER/ALPACA FARM/CHEF‘S DEMONSTRATION/ROBOTIC DAIRY
Travel among peaceful rolling hills to the tiny town of Honeoye Falls. At the EquiCenter at the William and Mildred Levine Ranch learn the heartwarming story of how the center is enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities by training them in the skills of horsemanship. Mark and Sharon Gilbride and their herd of Huacaya Alpacas welcome you next at their Lazy Acres Alpacas Ranch situated amongst the rolling foothills of the Finger Lakes. Afterward, visit the New York Kitchen for a succulent three-course lunch and a chef ’s cooking demonstration. Later, Hemdale Farms amazes with its ultra-modern, 100% robotic milking techniques. Your day ends at the European-style Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls—a friendly, small town that residents believe inspired “Bedford Falls” from the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. B, L
DAY 4–GENEVA/VINEYARD OVER KEUKA LAKE/OLD-TIME ROQUE
Take a step back in time on our visit to the Finger Lakes region. This morning, see more of the charming village of Geneva, nestled on the shores of Seneca Lake, boasting the Prettiest Street in America! Later, visit Bejo Seed, where you’ll learn about their experimental vegetable seed trial fields. After lunch at Bully Hill Vineyard, in Hammondsport, enjoy a wine tasting and exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour. In Angelica’s quaint town circle recall the old-time sport of Roque...a version of Croquet. Arrive tonight in the colorful ski community of Ellicottville–the town’s restaurant district is within easy walking distance. B, L
DAY 5–LUCY-DESI MUSEUM/AMISH COUNTRY/ORIGINAL KAZOO
Visit the hometown of legendary comedian Lucille Ball and the museum that pays tribute to her career. You’ll delight in vintage memorabilia and famous sets from the beloved 1950s sitcom, I Love Lucy. After lunch, travel to Amish Country to stop at the Hoestetler Quilt & Gift shop, located on the family’s hillside cattle and goat farm. Also visit a fascinating sawmill that operates without electricity. Later, you’ll be “abuzz” with excitement at the Original American Kazoo Company–North America’s first and only metal kazoo factory. Discover amusing trivia and see how the original 1916 technology is still used today to produce the unusual-sounding musical instruments. End the day across the border, where we’ll unpack for 2 nights at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls hotel, a world-renowned AAA four-diamond hotel, just 200 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls. The vista from your falls view room will take your breath away! (Note: Passport or passport card is required.) B, L
DAY 6–NIAGARA FALLS/THE LOVELIEST TOWN IN ONTARIO
Dating back to the 1600s, visitors have been mesmerized by 2,600-foot wide Horseshoe Falls and 1,060-foot American Falls that make up Niagara Falls. Today, you’ll experience these wonders up close from all angles. Board the Hornblower boat for a cruise in the pool of the cascading waters. Don’t worry, “rain” ponchos are provided! Lunch is at the oldest golf course in North America, overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario. In charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, enjoy free time and a narrated riding tour of this historic city’s landmarks such as Ft. George, Navy Hall, the Commons, Shaw Festival Theater and Butlers Barracks. B, L
DAY 7–NIAGARA GORGE/FAREWELL
Today on the way back home, we’ll catch a last amazing view of both falls from the 282-foot tall observation ledge that extends over Niagara Gorge on the U.S. side. Return home overflowing with wonderful memories of Niagara Falls, Erie Canal and Western New York. B
Night 1: Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport
Night 2: Doubletree Hilton, Rochester
Night 3: Gould Hotel, Seneca Falls
Night 4: Wingate by Wyndham, Ellicottville
Nights 5-6: Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
July 7-13, 2019
Sept 8-14, 2019
Price Per Person:
Double $1,777; Single $2,295
Depart/Return: Buffalo, NY
high 80°/low 60° (July)
high 72°/low 50° (September)
Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home any time after 2:00 p.m. on Day 7.
Starting hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service.
$10 per week
Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.
Hair dryers, irons & coffee makers throughout the tour. Exercise rooms and swimming pools are available at most hotels.
Because we will travel to Canada on Day 6, a valid passport is required.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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