8937
Toronto
Signature City Toronto
Walk the streets of Old Town Toronto with a historian, visiting must-see cultural sites, learning about iconic architecture, exploring renowned museums and tasting traditional cuisine.
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Program No. 8937RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Toronto, Ontario
D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert; tea or coffee.

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. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Old Town Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Urban Planning
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on mostly pavement. Driving about 50 miles over 3 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet at the hotel at 7:00 a.m. Hot and cold items; apple and orange juice; coffee or tea.

Morning: Join a local Torontonian for an entertaining and enlightening presentation on the city of Toronto, past and present, and "how it went from here to there". Then set out on foot to discover Canada's largest city on an expert-led walk including St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall. Discover places that even locals don't even know about - the hidden gems often overlooked. Explore Old Town Toronto on foot with stops at 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. At St. Lawrence Market we will sample some Canadian delights; the restored 1845 market building is home to more than 50 specialty vendors.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the market.

Afternoon: A presentation will look at urban planning and design, and the revitalization projects underway in the city, including Regent Park. Then embark on a coach exploration of the city with our local expert; discover Toronto’s famous landmarks, unique architecture and learn more about urban development.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
3
Multicultural Toronto, Chinatown, Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles over 3 hours; some stairs, busy streets. Public transit will be used today.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures with over 180 languages spoken. A local expert will provide an in-depth talk on Toronto's vibrant multicultural landscape. Then set off on foot to explore Chinatown and Kensington Market - the very epicenter of the city - it is a combination of Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and the Meatpacking District with the culture and excitement of a great multicultural city. Continue to learn about this area's fascinating history as we work our way to our lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch included in market walk.

Afternoon: Uncover the treasures of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on a guided exploration. Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO expanded its facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The Canadian collection vividly documents the development of the nation's art heritage since pre-Confederation, including one of the largest and finest Inuit art collections in the world. The AGO also houses the world's largest public collection of works by internationally renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Dinner: Dinner at Hothouse Restaurant. Choice of starter, entrée and dessert; tea and coffee.

DAY
4
Elgin Winter Garden Theatre, Free Afternoon
Toronto, Ontario
B
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile over 2 hours; some stairs, busy streets.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning 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. The theatre is only open to organized groups when it is not booked for specific special performances

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free for independent exploration or join the group leader for an activity. 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) and many more interesting sites.

Dinner: Dinner on your own (at your own expense) to explore the many dining options in Toronto.

DAY
5
Queen's Park, Royal Ontario Museum, Farewell Dinner
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto (Downtown)

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles over several hours; some stairs, busy streets. Public transit will be used today.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we visit Queen's Park, the seat of Ontario's Parliament. Discover the architecture of the Legislative buildings and learn about the history of the provincial legislature and the inner workings of the legislative process. Explore the notable historical statues and monuments on a guided walk of the grounds (details of visit dependent on Parliamentary activity).

Lunch: Lunch at the ROM.

Afternoon: Embark on a guided exploration of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for 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. Learn about the evolution of the ROM's architecture, and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. 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.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Bodega Restaurant. The ambiance in this elegant Victorian Manor provides for a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere while offering a meal that is luxurious and classically French with a cooking style that is fresh and health conscious.

DAY
6
Departure, Program Concludes
Toronto, Ontario
B

Activity note: Check-out is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel is served starting at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. 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.