Immerse yourself in New York City for five minutes, and you’ll see why it’s like no other place on earth. Only here will you find all of America’s attributes – the diversity, the culture, the style – intensified in such anintriguing way. Only here will you experience those sublime moments that New York City is famous for! Far removed from the bustling streets of New York City, rests one of New York State’s most treasured destinations – the Finger Lakes Region. World-renowned for its production of award-winning wines, this natural wonderland offers one of the most visually stunning and peaceful getaways in the United States…
Day 1 – Arrive in New York
Welcome to the “Big Apple”. We’ll get checked into our home for the next 3 nights, The Belvedere Hotel, in mid-town Manhattan. After a little time to freshen up, we’ll indulge in a scrumptious dinner next door, at the Churrascaria Plataforma Steak House. The Belvedere Hotel in Mid-Town Manhattan. (D)
Day 2 – New York local touring
This morning, enjoy a Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel… your names are on a guest list at the hotel restaurant. Our first adventure will be a One World Trade Center… named the top attraction in the US by Trip Advisor. Learn about the history of New York City and take in breathtaking views from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, which opened to the public last May. “Every step of the experience takes you to another level, and lets you learn about this amazing city and its resilience.” Meet Mike our guide for the next two days… He’ll take us on a driving tour of Greenwich Village and Little Italy, en-route to the Battery Park Ferry. Next, we’ll take the ferry across New York Harbor to Liberty Island, where we’ll visit the symbol of America: the Statue of Liberty… she was the symbol of entry into the free world from 1892 to 1954, for over 12 million immigrants. Next, the ferry will take us to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. This was the gateway to America, and where millions of immigrants first stepped onto US soil. You will have time for some lunch on Ellis Island; they have a very nice Cafeteria. Next Mike will take us on a historic downtown driving tour… Learn about Manhattan’s oldest masonry pier: Dignitaries and celebrities entered Manhattan here, without passing through Ellis Island; the Museum of Jewish Heritage, whose mission is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust; Battery Park and the Sphere, a large metallic sculpture displayed in Battery Park, that once stood in the area between the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. After being recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the artwork was dismantled and relocated to Battery Park, and formally rededicated with an eternal flame as a memorial to the victims of 9/11; visit “Ten House” the home of Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10, the first large scale 9/11 monument at ground zero; Bowling Green, NYC’s oldest public park; Fraunces Tavern, opened in 1762, General Washington said a tearful farewell to his officers here; Museum of American Financial History; Vietnam War Memorial; Stone Street Historic District and Colonial NY Street Plan; 55 Wall Street; the NY Stock Exchange; Trinity Church; and St Paul’s Chapel, the oldest functioning church in NYC! We will be walking to & from dinner, and the Theater, tonight (approximately 0.5 miles per trip). Please wear good walking shoes. Dinner is at Gallaghers Steakhouse… initially opend as a speakeasy during the prohibition, this New York City institution has played host to some of history’s most iconic figures. The restaurant was Broadway’s first Steakhouse and served as a hidden hotspot for sowgirls, gamblers, and even gangsters. Next it’s the Broadway sensation Wicked, it looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked”. With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place. The Belvedere Hotel in Mid-Town Manhattan (B, D)
Day 3 – New York Local Touring
This morning, enjoy a Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel… your names are on a guest list at the hotel restaurant. Welcome back Mike our step-on guide… We’ll be doing a driving tour with a few popular stops: visit Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; stroll through Central Park; see ABC Television Studios; the Upper West Side; Dakota Apartments; the American Museum of Natural History; the Upper East Side; the Guggenheim Museum; and much more! Your afternoon will be free to explore this amazing city. The Belvedere is two blocks from restaurant row, and within walking distance to Times Square, the Midtown Business District, Rockefeller Center, Radio Music Hall, Central Park, 5th Avenue Shopping District, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and St Patrick’s Cathedral! We will be walking to & from dinner, and the Theater, tonight (approximately 0.5 miles per trip). Please wear good walking shoes. Tonight, we’ll dine at Bond 45… an Italian Steakhouse, Seafood Restaurant and NYC Prohibition Bar in New York’s famous Times Square. Come From Away Don’t miss this breathtaking show written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Tony®-nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis), that The Washington Post hails as, “an exuberant antidote for what ails the American soul,” and Newsweek calls, “a funny, charming and uplifting celebration that does what all the best musicals do: takes you to a place you never want to leave.” The Belvedere Hotel in Mid-Town Manhattan (B, D)
Day 4 – Manhattan to the Finger Lakes
This morning, enjoy a Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel… your names are on a guest list at the hotel restaurant. Just give the hostess your name and tell them you are with OregonWest Excursions.
After breakfast, we’ll depart for the Finger Lakes Region… Native American legend says that New York’s Finger Lakes were formed, “when our Creator looked upon this land with special favor and reached down to bless it, leaving the imprint of his hand… the Finger Lakes.” Later, we’ll have lunch aboard the Historic Delaware & Ulster Rail Road. We’ll also enjoy coffee and dessert, as we journey through some exquisitely beautiful scenery. Tonight, we’ll check into the Holiday Inn, Auburn NY. Your evening is free, and dinner is on your own tonight. The hotel has 2 dining options: the Heritage Café and Buoys Lounge. The Holiday Inn, Auburn NY (B, L)
Day 5 – Auburn Local Touring
After a hearty breakfast at the Hotel, we’ll depart for the Seward Mansion. William Seward the Secretary of State, and the man who purchased Alaska. Visiting Seward House is like stepping back in time. Seward House was owned and occupied by four generations of family members from 1816 to 1951. The museum’s intact collection of furniture, household items, decorative arts, documents and photographs reflects use by four generations of this remarkable family. Next up; The Willard Chapel, an extremely rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany and Tiffany Glass & Decoration Co., in that it is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist. Enjoy lunch on your own today, in historic Skaneateles… shops and galleries are housed in restored buildings dating back to 1796. Browse for unique foods, distinctive fashions, original art, home accessories, and a special antique. Later, we’ll have some time to relax and freshen up at the hotel, before our lovely dinner at the Springside Inn… The Holiday Inn, Auburn NY (B, D)
Day 6 – Auburn to Niagara Falls
After a hearty breakfast at the Hotel, we’ll depart for Niagara Falls! Enjoy some free time, and lunch on your own at Niagara Falls. Get up close and personal with the falls by taking a short walk to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls to feel the mist fall on you during the ‘Cave of the Winds’ tour. Or take the Maid of the Mist boat ride right down to the base of the falls. Engage with the history of the region at the Visitor’s Center and Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, or do something truly adventurous like feeding a seal in the Aquarium of Niagara! Tonight, we’ll check into the Sheraton at the Falls, where we’ll have a little time to rest or spend more time at the falls as we are a short 2 blocks away. Later, we’ll meet for our farewell dinner. Sheraton at the Falls (B, D)
Day 7 – Niagara Falls to Home
We’ll depart for the Buffalo Airport. Group travel requires a 90 minute check-in. This will allow you time for breakfast at the Airport.