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NIAGARA FALLS (ONTARIO), ONTARIO

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Program #19214RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Equipment Requirements
Hybrid bikes, helmets and other cycling related articles are included in the program cost (handle bar bags/ baskets, bells, water bottle cages, kickstands, helmets and locks). There are 3 different Hybrid models utilized: the Fuji Absolute, Fuji Crosstown and the KHS Westwood. Participants can choose whichever bike they wish and are welcome to bring their own seat and pedals; or choose to bring their own bike. Please note, if you choose to bring your own bike to the program you WILL NOT be reimbursed or receive a pro-rated program fee. Please feel free to pack a mini travel pack (small backpack or waist pouch) to bring with you while you cycle. Extra water and light snacks are recommended for heavy cycle days

Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 21, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: Colonel Butler Inn is named after Colonel John Butler, a seasoned veteran of the Seven Years’ War and leader of the famous Butler’s Rangers. Niagara-on-the-Lake was formerly Newark, the capital of Upper Canada, and a colony created by Butler. The Inn is within minutes of the picturesque center of town and several of the Shaw Festival theaters. You might also enjoy sitting on the verandah, watching the world pass by or taking advantage of the inn’s spa and exercise facilities.

Contact info:
278 Mary Street
P.O. Box 642
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Canada
phone: 905-468-3251
web: www.colonelbutlerinn.ca

Room amenities: Room amenities include: private bath with full tub and shower, toiletries, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV with remote control and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: breakfast room, conference/banquet room, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, complimentary motor coach parking, lounge, exercise room, whirlpool, iron and ironing board available at front desk.

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

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 16 - Independent Arrivals/Welcome & Orientation
Note: Participants should have some cycling ability and prepared for 25 - 40 miles of cycling per day. Cycling in the morning and afternoon with long breaks and sit down lunches. We recommend a reasonable preparation schedule of cycling several weeks before you arrival. No one knows your body like you do, but conditioning is beneficial. For those unexpected days when your saddle "catches fire" there is always the support vehicle where you can catch a ride and keep the driver company to the next stop.

Arrive To: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Check in after 4:00 pm. 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. A representative of the cycling outfitter, Zoom Leisure, will answer questions and provide a welcome package including brochures of where we visit as well as the final itinerary. The host will provide information on options for free time activities including additional cycling and will highlight points of interest in the area.

Lodging: The Colonel Butler Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Colonel Butler Inn is named after Colonel John Butler, a seasoned veteran of the Seven Years’ War and leader of the famous Butler’s Rangers. Niagara-on-the-Lake was formerly Newark, the capital of Upper Canada, and a colony created by Butler. The Inn is within minutes of the picturesque center of town and several of the Shaw Festival theaters. You might also enjoy sitting on the verandah, watching the world pass by or taking advantage of the inn’s spa and exercise facilities.

Contact info:
278 Mary Street
P.O. Box 642
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Canada
phone: 905-468-3251
web: www.colonelbutlerinn.ca

Room amenities: Room amenities include: private bath with full tub and shower, toiletries, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV with remote control and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: breakfast room, conference/banquet room, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, complimentary motor coach parking, lounge, exercise room, whirlpool, iron and ironing board available at front desk.

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

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 17 - Bicycle Fitting/Southbrook Vineyards/Inniskillin ...
Note: Today you will be cycling for an approximate total of 30 miles (50 kilometres) over even terrain with little to no elevation gain. Flat with slight inclines, paved country roads and some dirt paths.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: CYCLING: Start off a terrific week with a scenic morning cycle (15 miles/25 kms) that will introduce our guests to the beautiful wine country for which the Niagara Region is so well known.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Southbrook Vineyards. Southbrook's goal is to engage both "mouths and the intellect". The winery's sensory centerpiece is a stunning glass pavilion certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold. Southbrook cares for its vineyard organically and is Canada's first Certified Biodynamic Wine Estate. Learn about the requirements to be LEED and Biodynamic certified and taste several of their well-known wines.

Lunch: Lunch will be held at Southbrook Vineyards.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Inniskillin Winery. Following a wine tasting and guided exploration of Southbrook, you will cycle to Inniskillin Winery. Partake in an educational tour and tasting that will focus on the winery's famous icewine production. Inniskillin Icewine is well renowned as the world leader in Icewine. It is sold in over 59 countries and is the #1 distributed wine in Global Travel Retail.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With everything from home baked goods to 5 star gourmet meals, there is something for all tastes - choose from fine dining, casual or pub-style restaurants.

Lodging: The Colonel Butler Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: Colonel Butler Inn is named after Colonel John Butler, a seasoned veteran of the Seven Years’ War and leader of the famous Butler’s Rangers. Niagara-on-the-Lake was formerly Newark, the capital of Upper Canada, and a colony created by Butler. The Inn is within minutes of the picturesque center of town and several of the Shaw Festival theaters. You might also enjoy sitting on the verandah, watching the world pass by or taking advantage of the inn’s spa and exercise facilities.

Contact info:
278 Mary Street
P.O. Box 642
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Canada
phone: 905-468-3251
web: www.colonelbutlerinn.ca

Room amenities: Room amenities include: private bath with full tub and shower, toiletries, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV with remote control and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: breakfast room, conference/banquet room, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, complimentary motor coach parking, lounge, exercise room, whirlpool, iron and ironing board available at front desk.

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

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 18 - Cycling the Niagara Parkway/Sir Adam Beck Generat...
Note: Daily cycling distance is approximately 37 miles/60 kms. Flat with slight inclines, paved path and country roads.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: CYCLING: Start the day by cycling from Niagara-on-the-Lake along the Niagara River Parkway into Niagara Falls.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Sir Adam Beck Generating Station. On our way to Niagara Falls, we will visit the Sir Adam Beck Power Generating Station, one of Ontario's largest hydroelectric facilities. It's a wonderful example of a natural, non-polluting and reliable power source that has worked in harmony with the beauty of Niagara for over four decades.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: CYCLING: Following lunch, we will cycle from Niagara Falls to Ridgeway following the Niagara River, past the Dufferin Islands, and into Fort Erie.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Fort. Once in Fort Erie, you will stop at the historic site to participate in an educational lecture that will highlight and discuss the conflict between the British and Americans that led to one of the "bloodiest battles" in Canadian history.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With everything from home baked goods to 5 star gourmet meals, there is something for all tastes - choose from fine dining, casual or pub-style restaurants.

Lodging: The Colonel Butler Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: Colonel Butler Inn is named after Colonel John Butler, a seasoned veteran of the Seven Years’ War and leader of the famous Butler’s Rangers. Niagara-on-the-Lake was formerly Newark, the capital of Upper Canada, and a colony created by Butler. The Inn is within minutes of the picturesque center of town and several of the Shaw Festival theaters. You might also enjoy sitting on the verandah, watching the world pass by or taking advantage of the inn’s spa and exercise facilities.

Contact info:
278 Mary Street
P.O. Box 642
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Canada
phone: 905-468-3251
web: www.colonelbutlerinn.ca

Room amenities: Room amenities include: private bath with full tub and shower, toiletries, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV with remote control and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: breakfast room, conference/banquet room, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, complimentary motor coach parking, lounge, exercise room, whirlpool, iron and ironing board available at front desk.

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

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 19 - Cycling Jordan/Tawse Winery/Hernder Estates Winer...
Note: Daily cycling distance is approximately 30 miles/50 kms. Relatively flat with some gentle hills (more incline on outward cycle with decline on return), paved paths.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: CYCLING: Today we will explore the more scenic routes of the vineyards and Lake Ontario. We will cycle in the Beamsville/Jordan area and through the beautiful Balls Falls Conservation Area.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Tawse Winery. Tawse is a family-owned and operated estate winery situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. The winemakers unite traditional techniques with state-of-the-art technology to create wines of exceptional elegance, depth, and character.

Lunch: Lunch at a local cafe in Jordan Village.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Hernder Estates Winery. Next we take a leisurely ride through the beautiful countryside to Hernder Estates where we will enjoy a wine and cheese pairing and a stroll around their beautiful grounds.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With everything from home baked goods to 5 star gourmet meals, there is something for all tastes - choose from fine dining, casual or pub-style restaurants.

Lodging: The Colonel Butler Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: Colonel Butler Inn is named after Colonel John Butler, a seasoned veteran of the Seven Years’ War and leader of the famous Butler’s Rangers. Niagara-on-the-Lake was formerly Newark, the capital of Upper Canada, and a colony created by Butler. The Inn is within minutes of the picturesque center of town and several of the Shaw Festival theaters. You might also enjoy sitting on the verandah, watching the world pass by or taking advantage of the inn’s spa and exercise facilities.

Contact info:
278 Mary Street
P.O. Box 642
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Canada
phone: 905-468-3251
web: www.colonelbutlerinn.ca

Room amenities: Room amenities include: private bath with full tub and shower, toiletries, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV with remote control and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: breakfast room, conference/banquet room, complimentary newspapers available in the lobby, complimentary motor coach parking, lounge, exercise room, whirlpool, iron and ironing board available at front desk.

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

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

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 20 - Historical Walk in Niagara-on-the-Lake/Niagara Ri...
Historical Walk in Niagara-on-the-Lake/Niagara River Countryside/Laura Secord House/Free Time

Note: Daily cycling distance is approximately 25 miles/40 kms. Flat with slight inclines, paved path and country roads. Walking up to 2 miles (3 kilometres) over flat, even terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.

Morning: CYCLING: Start the day cycling through Niagara-on-the-Lake's historic Old Town to Fort George. FIELD TRIP: Discover the rich history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. With a local historian, learn about the history and experiences of the area from First Nations peoples, to the arrival of the Europeans, to the War of 1812. A historian will lead an architectural walk of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Explore historic buildings along the way and hear about its past from wars, conflicts, rebellions, and threats that faced the city and the region in the course of its development.

Morning: CYCLING: Cycle through the lush vineyards and majestic paths of the Niagara countryside to Laura Secord House. FIELD TRIP: During the war of 1812, Laura Secord set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country, and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara. Travel back in time to her lovingly restored homestead and be enchanted by stories of her adventures and surroundings as interpreted by authentically costumed guides.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own as your explore the many restaurants and cafes located in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake. Visit the shops and galleries or simply take in the beauty of this boutique town.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: The Colonel Butler Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 21 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn is at 7:30 am.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Journey Behind the FallsThe sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! At Journey Behind the Falls, you'll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour! Your Journey Behind the Falls visit will take 30 to 45 minutes. In the spring and summer months, you'll receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls. Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels that lead and to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal which is one third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. Then you walk on to the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very foot of the Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/behind-the-falls.html
Niagara Falls History MuseumIn this newly renovated and expanded building, understand the history of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lundy’s Lane in the War of 1812 Gallery. Learn about the history of the world famous Niagara Falls, its community, its people and their stories in the Community Gallery. For more information visit the web site or call 905-358-5082.
For additional information, visit: www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/niagara-falls-history-museum/
Niagara Historical MuseumEstablished in 1895, the Niagara Historical Society is dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The most important aspect of the work of the Society is the maintenance of the Museum collection which began in 1896 and is one of Ontario's most important collections. Plan a visit to the Niagara Historical Society Museum to discover the unique stories of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located 20km north of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake provided a new home for refugees, was the capital of Upper Canada, was in the middle of a war zone and visited by millions as a place of recreation for over 100 years; these stories played a major role in the development of Canada.
For additional information, visit: www.niagarahistorical.museum/
Shaw FestivalDiscover Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre with productions from the Shaw Festival Theatre, producing the works of George Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights, located in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. For more information on performances and show times, visit the web site or call the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429.
For additional information, visit: www.shawfest.com/

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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