B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017: Arrive Buffalo; Welcome Meeting and Light Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival flight into Buffalo no later than 4:30pm. The tour begins at 6:00pm at the hotel where we will meet to get acquainted and talk about the upcoming week’s activities before enjoying a light dinner together. Overnight Buffalo - 1 night
Thursday, 31 Aug 2017: Robert H. Treman State Park; Six Mile Creek Winery; Ithaca (B,L)
We leave Buffalo this morning and head for the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. Our first stop is Robert H. Treman State Park and its scenic highlight, the rugged gorge called Enfield Glen. Enjoy a delightful stroll along a meandering stream that drops into the gorge, creating beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and quiet eddies. After a stop for lunch we visit Six Mile Creek Winery for a tasting. Be sure to try the lemon liqueur! We conclude our day in Ithaca, home of Cornell University. The reminder of the day and evening is yours to explore Ithaca. Overnight Ithaca - 1 night
Friday, 1 Sep 2017: Watkins Glen State Park; Corning Museum of Glass (B,D)
About 30 minutes from Ithaca is Watkins Glen State Park, the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. The park includes a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream that was formed when glaciers of the ice age deepened the Seneca Valley generating 19 waterfalls. There is a walking path that runs the length of the gorge. Steps are involved but the beauty of the gorge is well worth the effort. We continue on to Corning, New York to spend the afternoon at the Corning Museum of Glass. The museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass—more than 45,000 glass objects, spanning 3,500 years of glass-making history. We love visiting the Corning Glass Museum and know you will too. Tonight, we will have dinner together. Overnight Corning - 1 night
Saturday, 2 Sep 2017: Letchworth State Park; Glen Iris Inn; Niagara Falls, Ontario (B,L)
On our drive from Corning to Niagara Falls, we will visit Letchworth State Park and have lunch at the Glen Iris Inn, formerly the country home of William Letchworth. The Inn overlooks the Middle Falls on the Genessee River. Have your passport ready as we cross the border into Canada this afternoon and arrive in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where the remainder of the day and evening is at leisure. Overnight - Niagara Falls, Ontario - 3 nights
Sunday, 3 Sep 2017: Free Day at Niagara Falls (B)
The entire day is free to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Niagara Falls using your Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, a package of popular Niagara Parks attractions including the Hornblower Niagara Cruise, Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk and Niagara Fury. It also includes hop-on / hop-off transportation throughout Niagara Falls. Walk through Queen Victoria Park with its valuable collection of unique plants and beautifully maintained gardens. There are platforms offering spectacular views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls, and underground walkways leading into observation rooms that give the illusion of being within the falling waters. Every evening at dusk, the falls are illuminated in color; it's a spectacular sight.
Monday, 4 Sep 2017: Niagara-on-the-Lake; Free Time; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for Niagara-on-the-Lake. Situated by the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake has Georgian and Victorian-styled buildings, a waterfront park and surrounding fields of grapevines. Enjoy your afternoon here by having lunch on your own and then taking a stroll down Queen Street with its colorful storefronts, carved facades and hanging flower baskets. The town is also home to the Shaw Festival, a rotating series of theatrical productions featuring the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Upon our return to Niagara Falls, we will get together for our Farewell Dinner.
Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017: Return Home from Buffalo (B)
We will depart Niagara at 8:00am as a group. We will cross the US boarder and clear US customs on our return to the Buffalo airport. Schedule your departure flight for no earlier than 11:00am.