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2024028 Locks, Lakes & The Power of Niagara Falls

2024028 Locks, Lakes & The Power of Niagara Falls

Spend time in the picturesque village of Skaneateles; featured in O magazine as number one on Oprah’s list of “60 Charming American Towns You Haven’t Heard of But Should Visit ASAP.”

08/13/2024- 08/16/2024  Tues-Fri  Trip#2024028

 

Locks, Lakes and the Power of Niagara Falls New York  (NO PASSPORT REQUIRED}

 

Spend time in the picturesque village of Skaneateles; featured in O magazine as number one on Oprah’s list of “60 Charming American Towns You Haven’t Heard of But Should Visit ASAP.” Begin your day with lunch at the historic Sherwood Inn, The inn's history dates to the early 1800s when Isaac Sherwood decided to have a tavern built for the headquarters of his stagecoach business! Cruise on Skaneateles Lake; one of the cleanest bodies of water in the world. Enjoy the views of multi-million-dollar estates; some only viewable from the water. David Muir who hosts World News Tonight and 20/20 likes to retreat to his Skaneateles lakeside estate when he is not on our TV screens. Your home for the next two nights is the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, NY. Tour the Harriet Tubman home where she lived and died in freedom followed by a private organ concert in the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist, Willard Chapel. You will enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Anyela’s Vineyard offering a fabulous view of Skaneateles Lake. Dinner brings you to the classic and elegant Inn Between Restaurant, originally the manor home of Thomas Hill Munro. Built in the 1880s, this property was once a thriving Guernsey dairy farm, one of the largest and best-known dairy farms in upstate N.Y. Tonight, enjoy a performance of Bandstand The Musical at the Merry Go Round Playhouse, a historic carousel building and Upstate New York’s most popular theatre. We continue our journey on day three to experience a natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls USA. Hear the roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes on the iconic Maid of the Mist. You will visit the oldest park in America, Niagara Falls state park aboard the trolley; the best way to see and hear the history of Niagara Falls. Summer is the best time to visit with plenty of room to explore. Your hotel (Doubletree Niagara Falls) is in the center of it all with so much to do on your own. One thing you do not want to miss is the “Illumination of the Falls.” Beginning at dusk, witness the Falls illuminated in an array of rainbow colors. Your tour ends with lunch and a fun and informative Lockport Lock Erie Canal Cruise that will take you past five of the original 1800's locks. Three million gallons of water will fill Locks 34 & 35, the only double set on the Erie Canal, and raise the boat 50 feet. You will pass under Lockport's "Upside Down Bridge," Lockport's "Big Bridge" (the widest bridge in the U.S. at 399 feet wide), through the "deep rock cut" and under lift bridges.

 

 

*If you have mobility issues please inquire if this trip is for you*

 

***Itinerary is subject to change or be modified***

 

Day 1

7:00 AM Our deluxe motor coach will depart from Audubon, New Jersey for Skaneateles, NY. We will make a coffee stop in route. I have allowed 1 hour 15 inutes for stopping and traffic.
1:15 PM Lunch included today at the Sherwood Inn. The inn is located right along Skaneateles Lake, and it has become a popular location for those who come to visit and enjoy all that the small town atmosphere that Skaneateles offers. Choose an entree below
A) Yankee Pot Roast whipped potatoes, julienne root vegetables, Sherwood Home-style gravy
B) Pecan Salmon soy mustard glaze, pecan, maple beurre blanc
All entrées include Fresh Patisserie Breads, Garden Salad served with Balsamic, Fresh
Patisserie Cookies and Brownies, Coffee, Tea and Iced Tea Service
3:00 PM Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Skaneateles Lake with Mid-Lakes Navigation aboard the Judge Ben Wiles. Skaneateles is known as one of the cleanest bodies of water in the world.The Judge Ben Wiles was built by the Wiles family, descendants of Gustav Stickley, Stickley Furniture founder
4:30 PM Check into our hotel-Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, New York. Our Auburn hotel is in the
heart of the Finger Lakes region, five miles north of Owasco Lake, and eight miles from
Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles. We’re also walking distance from all of downtown’s bars,
restaurants, and museums. Our restaurant, Refinery, serves lunch and dinner, and a hot
breakfast is available. Perks include an indoor pool and free WiFi. Dinner on own this eveing.

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Day 2

7:30 AM Cooked to Order Breakfast at our hotel this morning
10:00 AM Harriet Tubman House Tour - The Harriet Tubman Home preserves the legacy of "The
Moses of Her People" in the place where she lived and died in freedom. The site is located
on 26 acres of land in Auburn, New York, and is owned and operated by the AME Zion
Church. It includes four buildings, two of which were used by Harriet Tubman.
11:30 AM Private organ concert at Willard Memorial Chapel the only complete and unaltered
Tiffany chapel known to exist. Free time for shopping.
12:30 PM Enjoy a boxed lunch at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. Your boxed lunch choices
are (please make your selection at the time of reservation)
A) 108 Falafel Wrap - Homemade Chickpea Falafel, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber &
Avocado. Dressed with Tzatziki sauce
(For Vegan option request Plant based yogurt dill sauce)
B) The BLT - Applewood smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo on stretch bread
C) Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich - Classica Waldorf recipe with lettuce & red
onion
D) Mediterranean tuna salad with lettuce & tomato
All boxed lunches come with a bag of chips, bottled water and a cookie
2:00 PM Sample wines at Anyela’s Vineyards with a box lunch, while taking in a more fabulous view of Skaneateles Lake an excellent photo opportunity with family and friends.
3:30 PM Return to hotel to rest and freshen up for this evening.
4:45 PM Dinner included this evening at The Inn Between Restaurant
A) CHICKEN PICCATA - boneless chicken breast sauteed with lemon, white wine, asparagus and Dijon sauce
B) BAKED BOSTON SCROD with lemon butter and crumb topping
6:50 PM Arrive at the Merry Go Round Playhouse
7:30 PM Enjoy the show Bandstand the Musical - It’s 1945 and our boys are coming home!
Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to take on the mission
of his life: leading his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing
band sensation. When Donny meets a beautiful young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to
the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. But to succeed, it will require every ounce
of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.
Featuring incredible music and the sounds of swing, jitterbug and big band and sizzling
choreography, Bandstand is a patriotic tribute to our veterans and the nostalgia of the
1940’s. Bandstand is the first musical sanctioned by GOT YOUR 6, a nonprofit that
supports millions of veterans, service members and their families in the communities they
call home

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Day 3

7:30 AM Cook to Order Breakfast at our hotel this morning
9:00 AM Depart for North Tonawanda, NY (no stop on the way)
11:30 AM Lunch at the Wurlitzer Building - The Wurlitzer Building serves as the gateway to Niagara
County. The building’s grand tower is a beacon of the past, present, and future, and it
marks the building as a familiar and beloved landmark. The sprawling complex began as
the North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory. The Wurlitzer Company purchased it in 1908
and put it on the map as a producer of world-class theater organs and employing over
3,000 people.
A) Chicken Francaise batter-dipped boneless chicken breast with a lemon butter
sauce
B) Garlic Herbed Tenderloin Tips with Tzatziki drizzle.
C) Eggplant Roulade breaded eggplant, Ricotta, mozzarella and marinara
All entrées are served with house salad and balsamic dressing, rolls and butter or enhanced
olive oil, garlic red skin smashed potato and vegetable, Chef’s choice dessert, coffee/tea
service.
1:00 PM Depart for Niagara Falls, New York
1:30 PM Meet your tour guide and enjoy a Trolley Tour of Niagara Falls State Park - gives
passengers an overview of the park and offers historical anecdotes, fun facts, and tips for
checking out the park’s most popular attractions.
2:30 PM Take the elevator to the top of the U.S. Observation Tower. Extending out dramatically
over Niagara Gorge, this architectural wonder affords unobstructed views of the wild
cascades of Niagara Falls. Next, we take the elevator to the base of the gorge to experience
the raging whitewater as we board the world-famous Maid of the Mist for an up-close view
of the American and Canadian Falls. Raincoats provided
4:30 PM Check into hotel Doubletree Hotel - Find us along the Niagara River, within blocks of Niagara Falls State Park and the Seneca Casino. Goat Island and the Rainbow
International Bridge are less than a mile from our door. Indoor pool. Perks include our 24-
hour market and a warm DoubleTree cookie at check-in.
The rest of the day and evening are free to explore on your own. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 4

7:30 AM Enjoy breakfast at our hotel this morning.
9:10 AM Depart for Lockport
10:00 AM Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises - This is a unique 2-hour cruise past many of the
historic sites and five original locks. The cruise includes being raised and lowered 50 feet
in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal.
12:00 PM Lunch buffet at Canalside The bright, open, spacious feeling of the Canalside creates an
atmosphere that encourages participants to relax and enjoy the time spent along the
Canal. The 1840 warehouse has been renovated to provide a casual yet elegant Canal
Town atmosphere. Your buffet includes garden salad, tender carved roast beef, deli-style
corned beef, carved turkey breast, pasta station with marinara sauce, mashed potatoes and
gravy, signature maple glazed carrots, applesauce, cranberry sauce and condiments, freshly baked buttered breadsticks, Chef’s choice for dessert, coffee, or tea (iced or hot)
1:30 PM Depart for home with a stop in route. I have allowed 1½ hours for stopping and traffic
9:30 PM Estimated arrival time home.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Package includes:

• 3-night accommodations (2 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn and 1 night at Doubletree Niagara Falls, New York)

• Three breakfasts • Four lunches • One dinner

• Sightseeing cruise on Skaneateles Lake

• Guided tour of Harriet Tubman Home

• Private organ concert at Willard Chapel

• Wine tasting at Anyela’s Vineyard

• Ticket to the performance of Bandstand the Musical – Tickets are non-refundable.

• Trolley tour of Niagara Falls State Park • Admission to Observation Tower and Maid of the Mist

• Lockport Locks Cruise • Step on guide for Niagara Falls

• Baggage handling at each hotel • 

• All taxes and gratuities EXCEPT customary tips to motor coach driver and tour guide

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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