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NIAGARA FALLS (ONTARIO), ONTARIO

The Shaw Festival: Extraordinary Theater and Nature in Niagara

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Program #10396RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Oct 13 — Oct 17, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn is the Niagara Falls hotel of choice if you're looking to stay near the historic, natural landmark! Our Niagara Falls hotel is located just steps from the mighty Falls in the heart of the Fallsview hotel, dining and entertainment district, making all the premier attractions just a walking distance away. At the Holiday Inn By The Falls you'll be next door to the famous Skylon Tower and IMAX Theatre, across the street from the Fallsview Casino Resort. The Holiday Inn By The Falls adjoins Coco's Terrace Steakhouse offering guests a variety of delicious food all day from the breakfast buffet to dinner, drinks, and late night pizza.

Contact info:
5339 Murray Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3 Canada
phone: 905-356-1333
web: www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com/

Room amenities: You'll enjoy our spacious guest rooms with cable/satellite TV, in room pay per view movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board and iron. We also have free high-speed wireless internet service.

Facility amenities: Free on-site parking and free wireless internet service are included. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soothing saunas, exercise room, and invigorating whirlpool spa. Coco's Steakhouse Lounge, Mr. Coco's Pizza Bar and Grille, Fallsview Terrace Patio and Tiki Bar,Terrace Patio Bonfire and seasonal nightly entertainment. On site laundry facility and gift shop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, October 13 - Check-In/Orientation
Arrive To: ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals to Niagara Falls in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 p.m. The front desk will let you know where to register, meet the Road Scholar Coordinator and residential host. The coordinator will distribute and discuss the itinerary with the group; and be available for any questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Group Introductions followed by short video of Shaw Festival.

Lodging: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn is the Niagara Falls hotel of choice if you're looking to stay near the historic, natural landmark! Our Niagara Falls hotel is located just steps from the mighty Falls in the heart of the Fallsview hotel, dining and entertainment district, making all the premier attractions just a walking distance away. At the Holiday Inn By The Falls you'll be next door to the famous Skylon Tower and IMAX Theatre, across the street from the Fallsview Casino Resort. The Holiday Inn By The Falls adjoins Coco's Terrace Steakhouse offering guests a variety of delicious food all day from the breakfast buffet to dinner, drinks, and late night pizza.

Contact info:
5339 Murray Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3 Canada
phone: 905-356-1333
web: www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com/

Room amenities: You'll enjoy our spacious guest rooms with cable/satellite TV, in room pay per view movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board and iron. We also have free high-speed wireless internet service.

Facility amenities: Free on-site parking and free wireless internet service are included. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soothing saunas, exercise room, and invigorating whirlpool spa. Coco's Steakhouse Lounge, Mr. Coco's Pizza Bar and Grille, Fallsview Terrace Patio and Tiki Bar,Terrace Patio Bonfire and seasonal nightly entertainment. On site laundry facility and gift shop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 14 - Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre P...
Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Backstage Tour of Festival Theatre (main theatre) PRESENTATION: George Bernard Shaw & Pre-Show Chat. Lecture & pre show chat about George Bernard Shaw and the matinee presentation we will see today.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. This afternoon we attend a matinee performance of Cabaret at the Shaw Festival. Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally Bowles, his life is turned upside down – just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimar Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schneider, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer – must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Free evening to explore the area.

Lodging: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn is the Niagara Falls hotel of choice if you're looking to stay near the historic, natural landmark! Our Niagara Falls hotel is located just steps from the mighty Falls in the heart of the Fallsview hotel, dining and entertainment district, making all the premier attractions just a walking distance away. At the Holiday Inn By The Falls you'll be next door to the famous Skylon Tower and IMAX Theatre, across the street from the Fallsview Casino Resort. The Holiday Inn By The Falls adjoins Coco's Terrace Steakhouse offering guests a variety of delicious food all day from the breakfast buffet to dinner, drinks, and late night pizza.

Contact info:
5339 Murray Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3 Canada
phone: 905-356-1333
web: www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com/

Room amenities: You'll enjoy our spacious guest rooms with cable/satellite TV, in room pay per view movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board and iron. We also have free high-speed wireless internet service.

Facility amenities: Free on-site parking and free wireless internet service are included. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soothing saunas, exercise room, and invigorating whirlpool spa. Coco's Steakhouse Lounge, Mr. Coco's Pizza Bar and Grille, Fallsview Terrace Patio and Tiki Bar,Terrace Patio Bonfire and seasonal nightly entertainment. On site laundry facility and gift shop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, October 15 - Shaw Seminar/Winery Tour & Tasting/Matinee Theatr...
Shaw Seminar/Winery Tour & Tasting/Matinee Theatre Performance - Arms and the Man

Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.

Morning: EXCURSION: Winery Tour & Tasting. Today we will visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Shaw Seminar-Production Chat. PRESENTATION: Pre show lecture about the play we will see today.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. Today we attend a matinee performance of Arms and the Man at the Shaw Festival. All’s fair in love and war – or is it? Worlds collide with delicious results when two opposing soldiers vie for the heart of an idealistic girl. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, Raina Petkoff is a young woman in love with love – and with Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of the war. One night, a Swiss mercenary soldier, Captain Bluntschli, bursts through Raina’s bedroom window and begs her to hide him. When he reassures her that he carries chocolates instead of a weapon, Raina agrees. After the war ends and both soldiers return for Raina, the real battle for true love begins. Subtitled “an antiromantic comedy,” it became one of Shaw’s most popular plays and one of his first commercial successes.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn is the Niagara Falls hotel of choice if you're looking to stay near the historic, natural landmark! Our Niagara Falls hotel is located just steps from the mighty Falls in the heart of the Fallsview hotel, dining and entertainment district, making all the premier attractions just a walking distance away. At the Holiday Inn By The Falls you'll be next door to the famous Skylon Tower and IMAX Theatre, across the street from the Fallsview Casino Resort. The Holiday Inn By The Falls adjoins Coco's Terrace Steakhouse offering guests a variety of delicious food all day from the breakfast buffet to dinner, drinks, and late night pizza.

Contact info:
5339 Murray Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3 Canada
phone: 905-356-1333
web: www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com/

Room amenities: You'll enjoy our spacious guest rooms with cable/satellite TV, in room pay per view movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board and iron. We also have free high-speed wireless internet service.

Facility amenities: Free on-site parking and free wireless internet service are included. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soothing saunas, exercise room, and invigorating whirlpool spa. Coco's Steakhouse Lounge, Mr. Coco's Pizza Bar and Grille, Fallsview Terrace Patio and Tiki Bar,Terrace Patio Bonfire and seasonal nightly entertainment. On site laundry facility and gift shop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, October 16 - Shaw Seminar/Matinee Theatre Performance - The Ph...
Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room Participants dine at own convenience.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Rehearsal Process. Shaw seminar on the Rehearsal Process PRESENTATION: Pre Show Chat. Pre show chat about this afternoon's performance.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. We attend a matinee performance of The Philadelphia Story at the Shaw Festival. Tracy Lord is young, beautiful, wealthy, and about to get married. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing but unreliable husband and fallen in love with a self-made (but perhaps a bit dull) business tycoon. When a cynical tabloid newshound arrives to cover the ceremony, Tracy has a hard time keeping her nuptials – and her heart – on the right track. A classic romantic comedy, the play was a huge turnaround success for Katharine Hepburn’s in the late 1930s. Barry wrote it especially for her, and the play had a year-long run on Broadway before becoming a six-time Oscar nominated film in 1940.

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

Lodging: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, October 17 - Botanical Gardens/ Butterfly Conservatory/Indepen...
Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room.Participants dine at own convenience.

Morning: EXCURSION: Butterfly Conservatory. Enjoy a video and self-guided excursion at the Butterfly Conservatory: This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens. Established in 1936, visitors enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. Lunch at hotel. Box lunches can be arranged for those leaving the program early. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
3 Performances

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