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ROCK N ROLL, THE NFL DRAFT/FESTIVAL & HALL OF FAME

SAT APRIL 24 - FRI APR 30, 2021

Description: Experience the beauty of Niagara Falls!
The US SIDE OF NIAGARA FALLS

Join us for a fun domestic trip featuring a visit to both sides of Niagara Falls. Late April is one of the most beautiful times to see the falls, as the recent melting of snow has made the falls be at their most powerful and impressive gushing form to witness in all their glory.  Plus with observation towers on both the American and Canadian sides of the falls, offering indoor and outdoor observation decks over the falls, plus a beautiful ride on a fully enclosed Ferris Wheel high above the Canadian side of the falls, you will get three of the most impressive views of both sides of the falls available any time of the year.

We will also enjoy a tour of a domestic beer brewery with tastings, a tour of a domestic wine vineyard near the US side of the falls - with tastings of table wines, dessert wines and even sparkling wines, a tour of a domestic chocolate production facility in Buffalo NY, with chocolate tastings of delicious treats unique to this area, a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Museum in Cleveland Ohio and an exciting evening attending the 2021 National Football League Draft -  In Person! (Hosted by the NFL - Live from outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday April 29th, 2021), plus the NFL Fan Festival that afternoon, with live and free outdoor concerts, food stands, sports and music memorabilia booths and sporting/skills contests, all free to the public and a visit that morning to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, located less than one hour south of Cleveland.  The people-watching alone, at both the festival and the draft to follow, with fans dressed in team colors and the fervent cheering, singing and chanting of fans of all teams, makes this a truly unique and exciting event for all to attend.

 

Itinerary

Saturday April 24th, 2021 – Arrive into Buffalo NY on your own arrangement and make your way to our four star hotel for our 2 night stay.  This evening we will have a welcome orientation at the hotel and then an optional group dinner at the restaurant where, now popular at restaurants nationwide, Buffalo Chicken Wings were created.  The Anchor Bar and Grille offers a full menu of burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas and of course, their famous Wings.

Sunday April 25th, 2021    Breakfast is included at our hotel and then a late morning visit to a chocolate producing shop where we will be able to watch the expert chocolatiers in the process of creating their delicious works.  A tasting of some of their finished products will follow.

Next we will visit the River Works Beer Brewery for a tour of their beer making facilities, followed by a tasting of a few of their local beers and then lunch at their on-site river view restaurant.

Abandoned grain silos in Buffalo, New York have been given new life as a brewery. Buffalo RiverWorks recently opened the $2.2 million brewery as part of the revitalization of the city’s waterfront. Buffalo’s grain elevators have long been emblematic of the area but now could stand for a new era of innovation — both in brewing and architectural restoration.

Once part of the Wheeler-GLF grain elevator, the old silos now house the Buffalo RiverWorks brewery.

After lunch we will head to Niagara Falls State Park which is commonly referred to as the US side of Niagara Falls.  We will enjoy a visit to the scenic observation tower high over the falls for a breathtaking panoramic view of all three falls that make up Niagara Falls.  Extending out dramatically over Niagara Falls, the wonder which is the Niagara Falls USA Prospect Point Observation Tower affords unobstructed indoor/outdoor views of the wild cascades of Niagara Falls as well as the raging whitewater below.  It is the only place where one can see a panoramic view of all three falls which together make up Niagara Falls.

April is one of the most beautiful times to see the falls, as the recent melting of snow has made the falls be at their most powerful and impressive gushing form to witness in all their glory.

Bird watching is also popular here as bald eagles and falcons are often seen soaring over the falls from the observation tower.
Elevators at the observation tower also provide access to the base of the gorge, where an optional ride on the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride is available.   An optional visit to the Cave of the Winds or the shorter Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk are also available here.

After our visit we will return to our hotel to freshen up and then reconvene for a very scenic optional group dinner

Top of the Falls Restaurant

As the only restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls, Top of the Falls Restaurant offers visitors to Niagara Falls State Park a one-of-a-kind casual dining experience.

The Top of the Falls Restaurant menu offers modern American cuisine and classic dishes, and every dish is accompanied by spectacular waterfall views. The venue, located within Niagara Falls State Park, on Goat Island, overlooks Terrapin Point, and features panoramic views of Horseshoe Falls through floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant’s indoor dining facility and outdoor dining decks for those warm weather evenings.

Tempt your palate with a Top of the Falls dining experience with menu items such as Niagara Fish & Chips, Beef on Weck, park-inspired burgers, salads, wraps and more. And if you still have room for dessert, you can indulge in a rich piece of chocolate cake or cheesecake. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free menu items are available.

 

Monday April 26th ,2021– Today after our included breakfast, we will check out of our hotel in Buffalo and drive approx. 30 minutes, crossing the border to the Canadian side of the falls. (Passengers must have their passport ) 

Enroute to the Canadian side we will make a visit to the Arrowhead Springs Vineyards for a tour of their vineyards and wine production facilities, followed by a tasting of as many wines as you wish, including table wines, dessert wines and even sparkling wines.  The tasting also includes fine breads, cheeses and fruits.

Description: Welcome sign in foyer with 2 wine barrels

Description: Boxes of Pinot Noir grapes
The grapes being gathered in the vineyards at Arrowhead Springs Vineyards

 

After our tour and tasting we will make a stop for lunch (not included in the trip cost) and then continue to our 4 star hotel on the Canadian side of the falls.  We will be staying at the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson.  Our hotel is just a five minute walk from the many attractions we will be visiting this afternoon/evening, including the Niagara Ferris Wheel.  The hotel offers free breakfast each morning and each room has a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.  The hotel has an indoor pool, indoor hot tub and indoor fitness center, as well as Free WIFI in all rooms and all public areas.

After checking in and getting settled in to our rooms we will reconvene in the hotel lobby for the short five minute walk to enjoy the Niagara Sky-Wheel for a ride on Canada’s largest Ferris Wheel, featuring fully enclosed climate controlled gondola seating which provides an amazing view of both the Canadian and the American falls from 175 feet in the air. 

Towering 175 feet over the Niagara Falls horizon, the Niagara Sky Wheel at Clifton Hill is the most exciting way to see Niagara Falls. From this vantage point you will be treated to memorable views of the Horseshoe and American Falls, the Niagara River and other landmarks.

The ride duration varies from 8 to 12 minutes with spectacular aerial views for miles in every direction. There’s no better way to snap incredible photos and simply marvel in awe of the view from the Niagara Sky Wheel.

Description: Niagara SkyWheel
The Niagara Sky Wheel overlooking the breathtaking view of Niagara Falls

The ride on the Sky Wheel is included in your trip package, as well as well an included visit to the Movie Land Wax Museum and weather permitting, an included visit to enjoy a round of the Wizard’s Mini Golf.

Free time will be provided for dinner at your leisure at one of the many eateries in the area and then you are at your leisure to enjoy the many other attractions also within walking distance of our hotel and then return to the hotel when you wish this evening.

Your trip leader will designate a time for all interested passengers to reconvene in the hotel lobby for a group outing to a viewpoint of the illuminated Niagara Falls, just a short walk from our hotel as well.

Hundreds of LED lights are housed in three locations across the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Together, these lights work to create a breathtaking view not to be missed, and are illuminated every night of the year beginning at dusk.

VIEWING THE Niagara Falls illumination is a must SEE for any visitor!

Every night of the year, the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls are illuminated in glowing colors creating a stunning vista that can be viewed from near and far. The glowing waters against the dark sky elevate the beauty of the thundering wonder, making Niagara Falls at night unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Lights shine from three different locales near the Falls to collectively provide the stunning waterfall illumination!

 

Tuesday April 27th ,2021 - Today, after our included breakfast at our hotel, we will be driven a short five minutes to the Skylon Tower where we will enjoy riding their glass enclosed elevators to visit their indoor and outdoor observation decks, 764 feet high above the falls, offering the best panoramic view of the Canadian side of the falls 

Even the elevator ride to the top is an experience, as you see the falls uniquely as you ascend in the glass enclosed elevator.  We will also enjoy a 3D movie experience at Skylon Tower, where you feel the power of the falls. 

 

Description: Skylon Tower - Niagara Falls
Take your Niagara Falls experience to new heights at Skylon Tower
overlooking the grandeur of Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the falls

The Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Decks are favorite attractions in the region. Glide smoothly to the top aboard the glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of Niagara Falls

After the ride, free time is available for shopping in the multitude of theme gift shops at the base of the tower.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the many attractions of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.  You may wish to visit the Guinness World Records Museum, the Imax Theater, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum or even the Indoor Skydiving Niagara free fall center for the adrenaline adventure of feeling like you are skydiving over the falls, all in the safety and comfort of an indoor setting.  Your trip leader will designate a time and place to meet for the ride back to the hotel, or if you wish to return at another time on your own, it is only a 15-20 minute walk from the Skylon Tower back to our hotel.
This evening, for those interested, we will reconvene in the hotel lobby for our included return visit to the Skylon Tower to see the view after dark from high above the falls and an optional dinner at one of the many dining outlets near the tower.

We will return back to the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson on the Canadian side of the falls for the 2nd of our 2 night stay

 

Wed. April 28th, 2021 – After our included breakfast at our hotel this morning, we will be driven the short three hour distance to Cleveland Ohio.  On arrival in Downtown Cleveland we will enjoy an included visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Museum. Lunch is available at your leisure (not included) at the indoor café inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The indoor café also offers seating with panoramic lake views. 

The afternoon is yours to explore the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame & Museum at your leisure. Walk through its many floors enjoying numerous exhibits about the lives of the legendary figures in the history of Rock and Roll, along with videos about their lives and their music. (Don’t miss an interesting video on the first floor, showing how Cleveland won the battle to be the site of the hall of fame) and make sure to visit the top floor where the enshrinement hall is located as well as making a final stop at the rock and roll gift shop near the exit.) 

After our self-guided visit here, we will be driven to our hotel, the All-Suites Sonesta Suites hotel in the Cleveland suburb of Middleburg Heights.  The hotel features all suite rooms of over 500 square feet per room,

Enjoy recreational amenities such as a fitness center and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and a fireplace in the lobby.

Business, Other Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. An airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.

Restaurants, Bars, Lounge & Dining options

A complimentary buffet breakfast is served Mon.- Fri. from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

General Amenities

  • Elevator & lift on property
  • Dry cleaning & laundry service
  • Laundry Room

Internet

  • Free internet
  • Wired Internet access - Free

Lobby Level Services

  • 24/7 front desk
  • Express check out
  • Safe deposit box at front desk

Layout of Studio Suite, 2 Queen Beds - Separate sitting area

Internet - Free WiFi and wired Internet access

In Room Entertainment - 32-inch flat-screen TV with premium channels

Food and Beverages - Kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher

Bed Type and Features - Linens

Restrooms & Showers - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, free toiletries, and a hair dryer

Extra Features - Iron/ironing board, double sofa bed, and phone

Pleasure - Climate-controlled air conditioning and daily housekeeping

Non-Smoking

ALL SUITE ROOM Amenities and Features

  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Housekeeping (Daily)
  • Shower-tub combination
  • Phone
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Bath Towels Provided
  • Dishware, Cookware and utensils
  • Room Linens provided
  • Bathroom (Private)
  • Stovetop
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron - ironing board
  • TV - Satellite Service
  • Flat panel TV
  • Non Smoking
  • TV - Premium channels
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Complimentary wired Internet
  • AC / In-room climate control
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting area (Separate)

This evening you have the option of having dinner at your leisure at a restaurant which is a short walk from our hotel or joining us for an optional group dinner (your trip leader will choose a dining option for our optional group dinner from one of the nearby restaurants.  There are 8 restaurants within walking distance including the sit down variety and fast food variety and 24 hour variety.

After dinner, join your trip leader if you wish for a lively visit to enjoy the Cleveland nightlife.  Cleveland offers a pedestrian only nightlife zone in downtown, where visitors can enjoy a variety of nightlife.  Its fun and lively.  The East 4th Street pedestrian only nightlife zone is filled with great music featuring everything from The House of Blues to Flannery’s Irish Pub, to Hilarities Comedy Club.

If you want more nightlife, there is also the Flats waterfront district, where bars and restaurants along the lake are lively fun, including the legendary Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

The nightlife tonight is sure to be rocking with fans getting ready for tomorrow night’s NFL Draft, to be held Live in front of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Thursday April 29th, 2021 – This morning after our hotel’s included breakfast we will be driven to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, located only 55 minutes south, in the city of Canton Ohio.  We will enjoy approx. one and a half hours to tour the hall of fame at our own leisure to explore the many exhibits and the enshrinement busts depicting the faces of the legends who have played in the National Football League.

After our visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we will be driven back to downtown Cleveland for lunch at your leisure at Tower City Center, featuring a wide food court, as well as sit down restaurants including the Hard Rock Café.  You may even wish to take an optional visit to the tower’s observation deck, 52 stories high for a view of the Cleveland Skyline.

After lunch at TCC we will enjoy a short walk to the NFL Fan Fest, located outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The Fan Fest features fun, food and live music celebrating tonight’s live hosting of the National Football League Draft – to be held Live in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   The Fan Fest goes all afternoon and is a free event for all.  There will be live outdoor concerts, plenty of food booths, skills/sports contests, memorabilia booths offering both music and sports collectible items and much more at the NFL Fan Fest. 

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the NFL Fan Fest.

For anyone wishing to visit other great sites in downtown Cleveland this afternoon, there are many within easy walking distance of the fan fest, including the Great Lakes Science Center next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Jack Casino, or a return visit to Tower City Center, which some local legends say was the tower on which the Daily Planet was based upon in the original Superman (Superman was created in Cleveland by local writer Jerry Siegel).  TCC has much to offer for the tourist, including many great indoor shopping opportunities, a great food court, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Hard Rock Café and even several movie theaters.  It also has a covered walkway to the stadium where the Cleveland Indians baseball team plays and the next door arena where the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team plays.). 

Early this evening, those wishing to attend the FREE AND live, IN PERSON, nationally televised  NFL Draft will meet at a downtown location in front of the Fan Fest, as designated by your trip leader and we will walk together to the huge outdoor site alongside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame AND THE FAN FEST for the live NFL Draft.

THE NFL DRAFT IS THE ANNUAL RITUAL OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, WHERE EACH NFL TEAM SELECTS PLAYERS FROM OUR NATION’S COLLEGES IN A ONE BY ONE PECKING ORDER, TO ADD TO THEIR PROFESSIONAL ROSTERS FOR THE NEW UPCOMING FALL SEASON

You will be amazed at the elaborate costumes that some fans will be wearing to support their NFL teams and the elaborate cheers that some fans develop for their teams.  The excitement is definitely in the air, just as though attending any other live sporting event, but this time, all NFL TEAMS AND THEIR fans are involved rather than just two teams. 

The cheers, the chants and even the hearty boos, when fans don’t like their own team’s selection of a player in the draft, as well as just the people watching, make attending The NFL Draft, a unique and fun experience for all.  Plus, with the NFL providing Free access to all fans wishing to attend, it is one great party atmosphere and a fun, exciting experience you will not forget .

The Draft usually runs from approx.  8-11pm and those choosing not to attend, or to attend just part of the evening’s festivities, will have the evening at leisure to explore the sites, shops, restaurants, the casino and the nightlife in downtown Cleveland at your own leisure, as everything in downtown Cleveland is walking distance from the site of the draft.  Your trip leader will designate a meeting spot and time, so all trip passengers can be transported back to the hotel together after the draft festivities.

Friday April 30th, 2021 – Our trip ends today.  Our hotel offers a free airport shuttle at scheduled times throughout the day, so all passengers can take the shuttle time which best meets their needs to meet their own booked flight home from Cleveland.  The airport is approx. 15 minutes away.

Your trip Includes:

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Buffalo, like the Holiday Inn Express or similar with breakfast daily.
  • 2 nights at the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls with breakfast daily
  • 2 nights at the Sonesta Suites – All suite hotel in Middleburg Heights (Cleveland), Ohio, with breakfast daily and free shuttle to the airport
  • Transport between all attractions and cities on the trip itinerary by private group vehicle (or guided walk where applicable).

 

Also included are all of the below listed daily group activities:

 

Sun. April 25th

    • Tour of the River Works Beer Brewery in Buffalo with included beer tasting
    • Visit to one chocolate production site in Buffalo to watch the production process including tastings
    • Admission to the Prospect Point Observation Tower on the US side of Niagara Falls affording unobstructed indoor/outdoor observation deck views of the wild cascades of Niagara Falls as well as the raging whitewater below. 

 

Mon. April 26th

    • Visit to the Arrowhead Springs Vineyards for a tour of their vineyards and wine production facilities, followed by a tasting of as many wines as you wish, including table wines, dessert wines and even sparkling wines.  The tasting also includes fine breads, cheeses and fruits.
    • Visit to the Niagara Sky Wheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls for a ride on Canada’s largest Ferris-Wheel, featuring fully enclosed climate controlled gondola seating which provides an amazing view of both the Canadian and the American sides of Niagara Falls from 175 feet in the air.
    • We will also enjoy an included visit to the Movie Land Wax Museum, near the Niagara Sky Wheel and an included visit to the Wizard Mini Golf, just a short walk from the Ferris Wheel.

 

Tues. Apr. 27th

    • Glass Enclosed Elevator ride to the top of Skylon Tower on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, where we will enjoy both an indoor and an outdoor observation deck, 764 feet high above the falls, offering the best panoramic view of the Canadian side of the falls
    • 3D movie experience at Skylon Tower, where you feel the power of the falls
    • Evening return visit to the Skylon Tower to see the view after dark from high above the falls

 

Wed. Apr. 28th

    • Admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Museum in Cleveland Ohio for self-guided touring.

 

Thurs. Apr 29th

    • Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio for self-guided touring
    • Free NFL Fan Fest outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, featuring live concerts, food booths, sports/skills contests and sports/music memorabilia booths.
    • Free NFL Draft – Live from the huge festival grounds in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

 

Fri Apr. 30th

    • Free shuttle to the Cleveland airport provided by our hotel at scheduled times.

 

Trip Cost:

With a roommate of the same gender assigned to you or if two friends are travelling together: $1299 per person plus tax of $29 per person
Optional single room supplement if you wish the privacy of your own room for the trip: $399

Payments:

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days or booking
The balance payment is due January 24th, 2021

Cancel policy for this trip:

If you have traveled with us before and are booking single occupancy, you can cancel by December 10th, 2020 for a full refund of your $400 deposit

If you have traveled with us before and are travelling on this trip with a friend or requesting a roommate be assigned to you, you can cancel by Monday November 11th, 2020 for a full refund of your $400 deposit

If you have not traveled with us before and are booking in single occupancy, you can cancel by Dec. 10th, 2020 and receive a future trip credit of your $400 deposit good toward any of our trips in 2021 or 2022.

If you have not traveled with us before and are travelling on this trip with a friend or requesting a roommate be assigned to you, you can cancel by Monday November 11th, 2020 and receive a future trip credit of your $400 deposit good toward any of our trips in 2021 or 2022.

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