Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at a time during exploration of downtown neighborhoods, Severance Hall, and Lake View Cemetery. Getting on and off a motorcoach.
We'll head out by motorcoach to visit a few of Cleveland's neighborhoods, as well as a stop at the West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest public market which began operations in 1840. We will continue on to St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, modeled after churches in Moscow, which ministered to other ethnic groups who had not yet established their own ethnic churches in the early twentieth century. We will receive special access to the inside of the Cathedral to admire its elaborate interior.
We'll discover one of Cleveland's most beloved family-owned restaurants and enjoy delicious Polish specialties. Choose from prepared foods in a cafeteria-style setting. Coffee, tea and water included.
We will board the motorcoach and drive to Severance Hall, where we'll experience a backstage, expert-led visit at what is considered one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls. We'll find out how private donations of money and land, along with the leadership of John Long Severance, resulted in the creation of the visually and acoustically stunning hall. See how recent renovation and restoration efforts have improved and enhanced the hall, while preserving its beauty and architectural integrity. Observe the hall’s combination of diverse architectural styles and learn how it benefits both the orchestra and city. Our next stop will be Lake View Cemetery. Lake View is more than a working cemetery- it is Cleveland's historical, horticultural, architectural and geological gem that four hundred thousand people visit each year. We’ll continue our visit via motorcoach, stopping at the James A. Garfield Memorial, the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States. The Jeptha Wade Memorial Chapel, built in honor of the founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company, is one of the few interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. In addition to a President of the United States, Lake View is the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Carl B. Stokes, members of President Lincoln's cabinet, Civil War generals and Revolutionary War soldiers, and twenty-two Cleveland mayors.
We'll savor a delightful farewell dinner at a family restaurant in Little Italy, to celebrate our week of fun in Cleveland. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be included.