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Program #21431RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 Jul 13 — Jul 19, 2014

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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, July 13 - Arrivals and Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in after 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m.

Evening: 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, July 14 - Toronto: Past and Present/Corktown and the Distil...
Toronto: Past and Present/Corktown and the Distillery District/Elgin Winter Garden Theatre

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

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: 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".

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Distillery District.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Dinner at Hothouse.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Three: Tuesday, July 15 - Architecture of the ROM/Royal Ontario Museum/Free...
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: 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.

Morning: A guided exploration of the Royal Ontario Museum (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.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Some options: Performing Arts (Sony 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: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Hotel is located in the heart of the nation’s capital – close to Parliament, the National Arts Centre, and the National Gallery and minutes away from restaurants and the Byward Market.

Contact info:
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7 Canada
phone: 613-230-3033
web: www.novotelottawa.ca

Room amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including in-room coffee and tea, hair dryers, iron, and ironing board, high speed internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center and an indoor pool. A laundromat is located two to three blocks away from the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Cleland Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, July 16 - Old Town Toronto/Train to Ottawa
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Discover Canada's largest and most ethnically diverse city with Toronto's foremost historian Bruce Bell - he 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 Joe Badalis.

Afternoon: Board the Via train en route to Ottawa, Canada's capital city.

Dinner: Box dinner on the train.

Evening: Arrive and check-in to hotel in Ottawa.

Lodging: Novotel Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Hotel is located in the heart of the nation’s capital – close to Parliament, the National Arts Centre, and the National Gallery and minutes away from restaurants and the Byward Market.

Contact info:
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7 Canada
phone: 613-230-3033
web: www.novotelottawa.ca

Room amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including in-room coffee and tea, hair dryers, iron, and ironing board, high speed internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center and an indoor pool. A laundromat is located two to three blocks away from the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Cleland Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, July 17 - Canadian Politics/Parliament Hill/National Galler...
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Learn first-hand about the inner workings of Canada's government on a guided visit to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. Canada's Parliament Buildings are historical monuments, architectural treasures, and an important national symbol cherished by all Canadians. It is within the walls of these buildings that Senators and Members of Parliament debate the important issues of the day, and make our nation's laws. Your visit is completed by exploring the outside grounds of Parliament Hill.

Morning: Meet with an expert who will speak about federal politics and how Canadians are governed. Examine the Parliamentary Government in Canada and the roles of the Crown, the House of Commons and the Senate. Discussions will touch on the electoral system; the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; appointive powers; the legislative process and the judiciary. The presentation will also explore Canada's Evolution from Colony to Nation.

Lunch: Lunch at the Empire Grill.

Afternoon: Optional Cocktails at the Chateau Laurier (Dutch Treat).

Afternoon: Whether you're a novice or expert, historical or contemporary art-lover, the National Gallery is constantly putting on engaging events to encourage learning in a stimulating, informal environment. Your guide will give you a fascinating new perspective on the works of art found throughout the collections.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Novotel Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Hotel is located in the heart of the nation’s capital – close to Parliament, the National Arts Centre, and the National Gallery and minutes away from restaurants and the Byward Market.

Contact info:
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7 Canada
phone: 613-230-3033
web: www.novotelottawa.ca

Room amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including in-room coffee and tea, hair dryers, iron, and ironing board, high speed internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center and an indoor pool. A laundromat is located two to three blocks away from the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Cleland Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, July 18 - Museum of Civilization/Victoria Island Aboriginal...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Museum of Civilization, the nation's leading museum of human history and one of the largest museums in the world. Internationally recognized for its spectacular architecture, the CMC is acknowledged as a museological institution of international stature. Go behind the scenes with an expert curator and meet with one of CMC’s research divisions, the Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies for an incredible exploration of Canadian human history. The Museum also presents an ever-changing program of special exhibitions that expand on Canadian themes and explore other cultures and civilizations, past and present.

Lunch: Lunch and entertainment on Victoria Island.

Afternoon: The Ottawa River, which runs through Ottawa, was once a major water highway, navigated by many native nations from across North America as they searched for food, technology and trade goods. Today, this rich history is brought to life on the historical and sacred Victoria Island, located in the heart of downtown Ottawa under the shadows of Parliament Hill. For thousands of years, the Algonquin nation used this very island as a meeting place for gatherings, trading and celebrations. Experience this tradition today with a unique celebration of our contemporary urban native culture including a traditional meal and ceremonial dance.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Metropolitain Brasserie

Lodging: Novotel Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, July 19 - US/Canada Relations/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel; breakfast is served starting at 7:00 a.m.

Morning: Independent departures from Ottawa after the morning presentation (approximately 10:00 a.m.) Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Morning: Examine the relationship between Canadians and Americans; two countries that share the longest undefended border in the world and the largest bilateral trading relation on the planet. Canadians and Americans are hard-wired across politics, person-to-person, defense and cultural links and merrily claim "we are each other's best friends, whether we like it or not!"

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ottawa, Ontario
Byward MarketEstablished by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. You'll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! The ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all.
For additional information, visit: www.byward-market.com/
City ToursOttawa is filled with Capital sights and attractions – and just about as many ways to explore and see them. Some options include walking tours, amphibious boat tours and even bi-plane tours over the city.
For additional information, visit: www.ottawatourism.ca/en/visitors/what-to-do/tours-and-sightseeing
MuseumsOttawa is home to many museums including Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Currency Museum, Bytown Museum, Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and the Royal Canadian Mint.
For additional information, visit: www.ottawatourism.ca/en/visitors/what-to-do/museums-and-galleries
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, 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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