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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 Aug 10 — Aug 14, 2015

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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, August 10 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to Niagara alls 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: 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, August 11 - Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre P...
Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre Performance - You Never Can Tell

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

Morning: Go backstage at the Festival Theatre (main theatre) to get a behind the scenes peek at the inner workings of a theatre. We will have a presentation about George Bernard and & pre show chat about the matinee presentation we will see today.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: This afternoon we attend a matinee performance at the Royal George Theatre - You Never Can Tell. In one of Shaw’s most light-hearted plays, we meet Mrs Clandon and her three children, twins Dolly and Phillip and Gloria, her prototype of the modern woman. They have just returned to England after 18 years on the island of Madeira and are readjusting to British life at a summer resort. The children have no idea who their father is and, through a comedy of errors, end up inviting him to a family lunch.


Meanwhile, a dentist named Valentine falls for Gloria whose ideals don’t include marriage. And through it all, the friendly waiter William dispenses wisdom with the phrase “You never can tell.” Part of Shaw’s collection called Plays Pleasant, the play’s family mishaps and romantic skirmishes still resonate in today’s battle of the sexes.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

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, August 12 - Shaw Seminar/Winery Tour & Tasting/Matinee Theatr...
Shaw Seminar/Winery Tour & Tasting/Matinee Theatre Performance - Sweet Charity

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

Morning: A presentation at the Shaw Festival about the production process followed by a pre-show presentation about the play we will see today.

Morning: This afternoon we will visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: We attend a matinee performance at the Festival Theatre - Sweet Charity. Experience the bold and colourful world of 1960s New York through the eyes of Charity Hope Valentine. The dance hall hostess dreams of a brighter future but she can’t help but give her heart to all the wrong guys. Then she meets the meek but sweet Oscar Lindquist when they get trapped in an elevator. Could he be the man to change Charity’s luck and take her off the market as a heart-for-hire? Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields’ bright music and dance numbers like ‘Big Spender’ and ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now,’ paired with a book by Neil Simon made this a Broadway hit when it premiered in 1966.

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, August 13 - Shaw Seminar/Botanical Gardens/Evening Theatre Pe...
Shaw Seminar/Botanical Gardens/Evening Theatre Performance - Light Up The Sky.

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

Morning: Enjoy a Shaw seminar on the rehearsal process then participate in a pre-show chat about this afternoon's performance.

Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Afternoon: Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens were 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.


Enjoy a video and brief 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!

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

Evening: This evening we attend a performance of Light Up The Sky at the Festival Theatre. Playwright Moss Hart was one of Broadway’s biggest stars who co-wrote the hit comedies You Can’t Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. This play is his comic love letter to the theatre world. A new play is about to have its first out-of-town tryout and assembled in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton are the leading lady, the naive playwright, the emotional director, the vulgar producer and his ice-skater wife. Everything is love and kisses and toasts to the “magic time” of theatre. But when they return to the hotel after the show, things aren’t quite as rosy.

Lodging: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Friday, August 14 - Program Concludes/Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.

Morning: Departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
3 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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