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Program #8937RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 9 — Jun 14, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 09 - Arrivals and Orientation
Arrive To: ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation including detailed information regarding use of Toronto's public transportation (buses and subways), and optional sites to explore while you are in Toronto. A weekly transit pass will be provided to participants.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 10 - Toronto: Past and Present/Gooderham & Worts Disti...
Toronto: Past and Present/Gooderham & Worts Distillery/Architecture/Royal Ontario Museum

Note: Today we will use the TTC (public transit). Stairs will be encountered.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Toronto's Neighborhoods. Explore the enchanting neighborhood of Corktown and the popular Distillery District. Learn about the fascinating history of this incredible factory complex, dating back to 1832, with its original cobblestone pathways. Walk through Corktown, now a highly sought after residential and business district of Toronto, it was once the great Irish slum of 19th Century Toronto See Toronto's oldest Cemetery, one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture. Hear about the lives of some of Toronto's most prominent residents who are laid to rest there.

Morning: LECTURE: Toronto: Past and Present. Join Bruce Bell, a local Torontonian author and well known historian for an entertaining and enlightening presentation on the city of Toronto and "how it went from here to there".

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Distillery District.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Evolution of the ROM and the Crystal. A presentation by an architect or member of the design team will explore the evolution of the ROM's architecture from the beginning of the 20th century to the June 2007 opening of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The Crystal, a structure of organically interlocking prismatic forms, turn this important corner of Toronto into a luminous beacon, a veritable showcase of people, events and objects, transforming the entire museum complex into a world-class destination.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Royal Ontario Museum. A guided exploration of the ROM will provide an overview of the many galleries and exhibits followed by free time to explore on your own. Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. The ROM is the fifth largest museum in North America and contains more than six million items and over 40 galleries. It is also the largest museum in Canada and has notable collections of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local fare. Choose from the many dining options Toronto has to offer.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 11 - Explore Old Town Toronto and St. Lawrence Market/...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: St. Lawrence Market & Old Town Toronto. Discover Canada's largest and most ethnically diverse city with Toronto's foremost historian Bruce Bell. Bell is the official historian of St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall and will take you to places that even locals don't even know about - the hidden gems often overlooked. Explore Old Town Toronto on foot with stops at The Farmers Market, St Lawrence Hall, Toronto's First Post Office (1834) St. James Cathedral as well as various historical sites along the way. The fusion of classic architecture and modern amenities is enhanced by the stunning view of Toronto's skyline.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at St. Lawrence Market.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Some options: Performing Arts (Hummingbird Centre, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre); Gardens & Historic Homes (Toronto Sculpture Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory, Casa Loma); Museums (Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Gardiner Museum);Other (Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings, University of Toronto). Historical sites: Fort York

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 12 - Multicultural Toronto/Chinatown and Kensington Ma...
Multicultural Toronto/Chinatown and Kensington Market Walk /Art Gallery of Ontario

Note: Walking up to 3 miles on flat terrain on today's field trip. Stairs are encountered to access transit and in the Art Gallery.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Toronto's Multicultural Landscape. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures with over 180 languages spoken. A local expert will provide an in-depth talk on Toronto's vibrant multicultural landscape.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Chinatown/ Kensington Market. Following the presentation, start your adventure into Chinatown and Kensington Market. The very epicenter of the city - it is a combination of Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and the Meatpacking District with the culture and excitement of a great multicultural city. Starting at the "Table Top Building" (Ontario College of Art and Design) walk to Grange Park and hear the history of the Grange Manor. See the house of former Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King and George Brown House. Brown was the first publisher of the Globe newspaper and one of the Fathers of Confederation. Continue into Chinatown and Kensington Market and learn about this area's fascinating history.

Lunch: Enjoy an authentic Dim Sum lunch in Chinatown.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Uncover the treasures of the AGO with a local artist. Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO expanded its facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The Canadian collection vividly documents the development of the nation's art heritage since pre-Confederation, including one of the largest and finest Inuit art collections in the world. The AGO also houses the world's largest public collection of works by internationally renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample from the array of dining options - there's a restaurant to suit every taste.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Experience the largest full-service Courtyard by Marriott in the world, Courtyard Toronto Downtown. One of the great Toronto hotels downtown, we are near shopping, entertainment, businesses and subway transit. The Eaton Centre, Canada's premier Toronto shopping destination is minutes away and find some of Toronto's finest restaurants and entertainment on trendy Yonge Street.

Contact info:
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7 Canada
phone: 800-847-5075
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, alarm clock, bottled water, coffee maker/tea service , iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Luxury bedding - crisp linens, thicker mattresses, custom comforters, fluffier pillows. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms

Facility amenities: Fitness centre (open 24 hrs), indoor lap pool and whirlpool. On site restaurants - Yonge Street Grill, The Bistro and Second Cup coffee shop. Free high speed wireless Internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 13 - Elgin Winter Garden Theatre/Free Afternoon/Farewe...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. This morning visit the historical Elgin Winter Garden Theatre, a National Historic Site and hailed as one of the most beautiful theatre complexes in the world. It is the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – containing two completely separate and restored Edwardian theatres. With its history of vaudevillian roots, the Elgin is now a sumptuous affair with royal boxes. Magic casts a spell in the Wintergarden so named for its lovely trompe l'oeil paintings and pastoral ambiance. Only open to organized groups when the theatre is not booked for specific special performances.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to enjoy the many culinary venues.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Some options: Performing Arts (Hummingbird Centre, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre); Gardens & Historic Homes (Toronto Sculpture Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory, Casa Loma); Museums (Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Gardiner Museum);Other (Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings, University of Toronto).

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Bodega Restaurant. The ambiance in this elegant Victorian Manor provides for a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere while offering a meal that is luxurious and classically French with a cooking style that is fresh and health conscious.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 14 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast with the group before departing. Breakfast is served starting at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Toronto, Ontario
Performing ArtsToronto is home to a number of theatres and other performing arts venues. Mirvish Productions owns and operates four magnificent theatres in downtown Toronto - the Royal Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, the Ed Mirvish (formerly the Canon) and the Panasonic - each offering its patrons a unique theatre-going experience. Visit mirvish.com/theatres. Other venues include: Sony Centre for Performing Arts, Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre, Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Four Seasons Centre, Massey Hall and many more.
For additional information, visit: www.torontolivetheatre.com/index.cfm
Gardens & Historic HomesToronto is home to an array of gardens, green spaces and historic homes. Casa Loma, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Kew Gardens, Toronto Music Garden, Mackenzie House, Allan Gardens Conservatory.
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/ParksGardens/
Arts, Culture, HistoryToronto has a number of world-class museums and historic sites including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Museum of Inuit Art, Gardiner Museum, Tatar Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Textile Museum, Queen's Park and the Parliament Buildings and historic Fort York. www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/locations.htm
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/Museums/
OtherOther sites of interest: St. Lawrence Market, CN Tower, McLaughlin Planetarium, Canadian Air & Space Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Islands, City Hall, University of Toronto, The Distillery District, Chinatown and P.A.T.H. the underground city.
For additional information, visit: www.toronto.com

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10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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