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LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND  
IN NEW YORK CITY
 
      
                 
Thur Aug 31-Mon Sept 4, 2017

With Optional Two Night extension to Niagara Falls

Mon Sept 4-Wed Sept 6, 2017

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Join us for a holiday weekend filled with fun!

We are heading to the Big Apple for Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy a morning cruise to the Statue of Liberty with free time to walk the base of Lady Liberty.

Enjoy a visit to Ellis Island Museum to see hundreds of exhibits about the history of immigration from Europe into our country 

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise to see the sites of the New York skyline with the backdrop of a spectacular sunset (Lady Liberty is particularly lovely with the sun setting on her back).

Also enjoy a nighttime group visit to the top of Rockefeller Center with a dazzling view of the Empire State Building aglow in lights.  

Take an optional visit to the 911 memorial and museum or tour Radio City Music Hall

We will also have an optional group outing to see a Broadway show (many show options will be available including Bette Midler in the new remake of the classic play Hello Dolly.)

An optional two nights at Niagara Falls completes this fun filled holiday weekend.

 

Daily itinerary:

 

Thursday August 31st
Arrive in New York on your own arrangement.   Make your way to our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square ideally located just a short two blocks walk from Times Square and the heart of the Broadway show district. (Hotel address: 790 Eighth avenue-off the corner of 8th Ave and W. 49th street-just one block off Broadway and only two blocks from Times Square.)

We will have a welcome meet and greet orientation in the hotel lobby this evening and then an optional dinner at Stardust Diner, also just a five minute walk, where the servers are also the singers. The food is great and the free Broadway themed entertainment is fabulous.  You will feel like you are at a Broadway show with a meal.

 

Friday Sept 1st
This morning we will take a short walk to the subway across the street from our hotel. 

Exiting the subway at Battery Park, we will take a short boat ride approx, fifteen minutes to Liberty Island.

Upon arrival you will have one hour of free time to walk around the base of the Statue of Liberty, take photos and buy souvenirs if you wish.

We will then get back on the boat and then Continue on the boat approx. ten minutes to Ellis island. 

Upon arrival we will have two hours of free time to explore the large multi-story museum and its grounds with hundreds of exhibits on the history of this island as the place where immigrants from Europe entered the US for many decades.

This afternoon we will get back on the boat and return to Battery Park and then return by subway to our hotel off of Times Square with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

This afternoon you may wish to explore the shops and attractions around Times Square or make a short excursion to visit the sites of Wall Street or even to take a leisurely stroll across the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge.

This evening, join us if you wish, seeing a Broadway show. There are many show options and the one we are highlighting is the legendary actress Bette Midler in the remake of Hello Dolly.

The hilarious musical comedy also stars David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role as Niles Crane on the hit TV sitcom Frasier.

Details of ticket purchase options will be emailed to trip participants in late June.

 

Saturday Sept. 2nd - Today is a free day. You may wish to make an optional visit to the 911 memorial and museum or the Guggenheim museum or the museum of modern art. 

You may wish to take a stroll or a horse and buggy ride in Central Park, visit Radio City Music Hall, just a short walk from our hotel, or maybe even spend the day watching the pros at the US open tennis tournament.

Tonight we will all go together for a beautiful sunset cruise where you will watch the setting sun over the New York skyline.

The site of Lady Liberty draped in the setting sun is magnificent and the city skyline also makes a beautiful cast against the sunset.

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    The New York skyline at sunset, as photographed on our sunset cruise in 2016.

 

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            Lady Liberty as photographed on our sunset cruise in 2016

Dinner and drinks can be purchased onboard if you wish.

After our cruise we will return to our hotel.

 

Sunday Sept. 3rd - Today is another free day to visit the museums or other sites as you wish.

Tonight we will walk together to Rockefeller Center, just two blocks away, where we will enjoy a visit to the "Top of the Rock" for a great view of the Empire State Building lit up in the night sky.

There are three levels of observation which you will enjoy.

The first level is indoors and features the Radiance Wall of exhibits.

The second level you will visit is outdoors and features the breezeway where colored lights follow you in a unique and interactive manner.

Lastly you will take an elevator to observation decks on the 67th and the 70th floor. The 67th floor deck is both indoors and outdoors and on the 70th floor step onto the completely outdoor, open air observation deck for a walk around to enjoy a panoramic view of NYC by night with great photo opportunities.

Here you will get a good view of the Empire State Building lit up in the night sky.

 

Monday Sept. 4th (Labor Day )

Those not continuing to our optional two days in Niagara Falls will make their own way to the airport for their flight home.

For those continuing to Niagara Falls you have your choice of flights from Laguardia Airport or JFK to the Buffalo-Niagara airport which we can arrange for you or you can book on your own. The short one hour flight usually ranges from $70 on up to $150 depending on the flight time you select and the amount of advance purchase.

Upon arrival you will be able to take the free shuttle provided by our hotel from the airport to our hotel, the Comfort Suites Buffalo/Niagara Falls airport.

The hotel offers a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi and fitness center, as well as free breakfast daily.

At 5pm we will reconvene again in the lobby of our hotel and we will be driven together by private minivan the short distance approximately 30 minutes to Niagara Falls.  We will cross the border into Canada (Passport required) and then we will enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk with stunning views of the falls. 

We will make a stop for dinner at your leisure, along the main street filled with tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and more and free time for shopping and visiting other attractions if you wish along the main boulevard on the Canadian side of the falls.

After dark, we will enjoy a special 45 minute cruise to experience the breathtaking views of the falls aglow in multi colored lights and a stunning lights show.  Then from the deck of the cruise we will enjoy a spectacular Labor Day fireworks display over the falls with music. 

A bar is also available onboard for your beverage purchase.

We will be driven back to our hotel in Buffalo.

 

Tuesday Sept 5th.

Today we will be driven by our private minivan to see the sites and attractions on the American side of the falls, Including the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride, which takes you for a wet and wild up close view of Niagara Falls.  (Hooded ponchos are provided upon boarding the boat)

We will also visit the Falls Observation deck, The Cave of the Winds, Falls Movie, and Aquarium with transport by the falls trolley. 

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Viewing Niagara Falls from the observation deck as taken on our trip in 2016

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One of the tour boats that will take us on our up close wet and wild experience view of the falls.
(Hooded Ponchos are provided upon boarding the boat)

At the end of the day we will be returned to our hotel in Buffalo.

 

Wednesday Sept. 6th - Today we will return to the Buffalo airport via the hotel free shuttle for your flight home.

 

Trip Cost: New York Only – Thursday August 31-Monday Sept. 4

$1199 per person

Trip includes:

  • 4 nights stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
  • Boat cruise to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Sunset boat cruise over the New York skyline
  • Admission to the Top of the Rock Observation deck at Rockefeller Center
  • Roommate matching based on gender and smoking or non-smoking choice

Optional Single Room supplement: $450

Optional 2 night trip extension to Niagara Falls: $479

Including:

  • 2 nights at the Comfort Suites Buffalo airport with free shuttle from the airport to the hotel and back to the airport
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Transport from the hotel to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on Sept. 4th for walk along Canadian side boardwalk
  • Illuminations cruise with viewing of the falls illuminated at night and viewing of the Labor day holiday fireworks over the falls. Sept. 4th and transport back to our hotel
  • Transport from our hotel Sept. 5th to US side of the falls and admission to attractions on US side including
    • Maid of the Mist boat ride (with hooded poncho provided upon boarding)
    • Falls Observation Deck
    • Falls Movie
    • Falls Discovery Center
    • Falls Aquarium
    • Cave of the Winds
    • Falls Trolley

Optional single room supplement $179

 

A $250 deposit is required to book your space on the New York trip.  The Niagara Falls extension does not require an additional deposit.

The deposit is refundable if canceled by April 15th and non refundable if canceled after that.

The balance payment is due June 15th and is non refundable.
           

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