Date(s) - 07/26/2020 - 07/31/2020
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Niagara Falls, Canada
Join us for this exciting tour to Niagara Falls. There is something about Niagara Falls that appeals to the lover, daredevil and poet in everyone. Over the years Niagara Falls has been many things – a strategic military post, a prosperous trade center, a seedy carnival town – but never has it ceased to be a natural wonder, mesmerizing travelers from around the world.
Traveling to Niagara Falls we will get to know our fellow travelers and enjoy the scenery through Michigan. Dinner on Sunday night will be at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center in Kalamazoo. The Air Zoo co-founders Suzanne and Pete Parish were both pilots, Susanne with the Women Airforce Service Pilots and Pete as a former WWII Marine Air Corps aviator. Because they wanted to share their enthusiasm about World War II airplanes with the public, they opened The Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in 1979. The museum became knows as the “Air Zoo” because of the distinct animal names of the aircraft in the original collection, including a Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat, and Flying Tiger. Four decades later, the Air Zoo has grown and added many educational exhibits, more planes, amusement park-style rides that send children’s imaginations soaring and an array of simulators that give fearless pilots a wide variety of flight experiences. With 40 years of Air Zoo history as their runway, and the sky above as their landscape, the Air Zoo’s future is big and bright!
As we cross the border into Canada on Monday (remember you will need a passport), the excitement and anticipation of seeing Niagara Falls, this natural wonder, will be in the air. Upon our arrival and check in at the beautiful Radisson Inn Fallsview, we will enjoy dinner at the Mandarin Restaurant. The top priority of the founders of the Mandarin is providing the freshest food and the best service.
We will be seeing many attractions while in Niagara Falls. Our first exciting attraction will be the Hornblower (formerly Maid of the Mist) cruise. This thrilling ride has the boat entering the Horseshoe Basin and passes directly in front of the falls. From the cruise, our adventuresome passengers will have the opportunity to pick and choose which attractions they want to see and how long they want to stay with the Wonder Pass and WEGO, a convenient visitor transportation system that connects Niagara Parks attractions as well as other tourist areas with our hotel. For those travelers that like a more structured day we’ll visit the Journey Behind the Falls, where we’ll descend 125 feet and explore 130-year old tunnels through the bedrock and feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls long before we see them. The observation deck at the foot of this 13-story-tall wonder will leave us breathless. There are viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offering a once-in-a lifetime view of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down in front of us.
Niagara’s Fury is where we’ll discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in 4D. Water will bubble and spray as we travel down river, while snow falls all around simulating the last Ice Age. The moving platform beneath our feet will help us understand the power of nature as we are surrounded by stunning visuals of the mighty Niagara River.
The Butterfly Conservatory will feel like we are in a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and over 2,000 vibrantly colored butterflies made up of 45 different species. This self-guided walking tour will begin with a short, informative video presentation.
Dinner this evening will be at the Oh Canada Eh Dinner Theatre. This award-winning theatre has been entertaining guests since 1994. We’ll meet singing Mounties, Lumberjacks, Anne of Green Gables and even a Hockey Player as we enjoy a Canadian inspired performance which pays tribute to over 30 of Canada’s professional recording artists.
On Wednesday morning we will be treated with the services of a local Guide to tour Niagara-On-The-Lake. This Colonial Village and Upper Canada’s first capital sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and at the mouth of the Niagara River. This flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th century buildings that are full of history and stunning beauty.
An engineering marvel is Welland Shipping Canal which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. It forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes Waterway. Traversing the Niagara Peninsula, it enables ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls.
Another beautiful attraction we will visit is the Floral Clock. The intricate designs on the face of the clock are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants and are changed twice each year. The tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour.
After visiting a local winery, we invite all passengers to experience the WEGO and utilize their Wonder Pass to visit more attractions or shopping areas prior to dinner. Dining doesn’t get any better than eating 775 feet above Niagara Falls at the Skylon Tower. The view of the Falls is amazing and the wall to wall panoramic windows allow us to see it all.
After dinner and a later-at-night moment, there’s nothing quite like a cruise and the sight of exploding fireworks over Niagara Falls. This 40-minute Falls Fireworks Cruise features starry skies, panoramic skyline views, stunning illuminations and fireworks that light up the sky.
Our accommodations are within walking distance of the falls so if you would like to take one more look at this majestic wonder before we leave on Thursday, we’ll have a check out time to allow this.
As we travel home with one more night’s stay in South Bend, Indiana, we’ll have time to reminisce with our new friends about our visit to Niagara Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America.
COST PER PERSON: Double ……. $1600.00 Triple ……$1435.00 Quad ……… $1325.00 Single …..$2190.00
Tour includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, five nights’ accommodations, five breakfasts, five lunches or dinners, and all admissions and services scheduled.
Departure time from Medford 6:30 a.m.
Approximate return time 6:00 p.m.
Remember a passport will be required to enter and exit Canada.