CANADIAN TULIP FESTIVAL ~ OTTAWA, CANADA INCLUDING THOUSAND ISLANDS & MORE ~ 5-DAY TOUR [SF]
Wednesday-Sunday May16-20, 2018
$1,195 pp Double Occ. $1,645 Single Occ. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP RESERVATION: 631-283-4600 x343
Your journey north will also have you exploring the incredibly beautiful 1000 Islands and Syracuse, visiting Boldt Castle and the Erie Canal Museum. In Canada, in addition to seeing thousands of beautiful Tulips in Ottawa, you will also Cruise down the Rideau Canal, visit the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Stables and Training Ground and take in some great sightseeing with tour guides.
Some interesting information about tulips…Ottawa’s connection to tulips dates back to World War II, when the Dutch Royal Family took refuge in Ottawa—Princess Margriet was born here in 1943, her hospital room declared Dutch soil for the event! Canadian troops also played a pivotal role in liberating the Netherlands. At the end of the war, the Royal Family sent a thank-you gift of 100,000 tulips (and continues to send tulips every year, even to this day!). The Canadian Tulip Festival was established in 1953 as a way of celebrating this gift. The tulip is Ottawa’s official flower. The first Canadian Tulip Festival was led by the Ottawa Board of Trade, at the suggestion of world renowned photographer Malak Karsh. Karsh is considered the founder of the Festival and his photographs have immortalized the tulip.
Tour package includes: 4 nights hotel accommodations including all taxes and baggage (1 per person), 4 Full Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, all meal taxes and meal gratuities, all attractions and touring as listed in itinerary, Local Step on Guides as listed including customary gratuities for the guides and deluxe round-trip transportation. Not included: Gratuities for motor coach driver and tour escort. All gratuities are up to your discretion. Also not included are personal incidentals such as room service, local and long distance telephone calls, meals not indicated and alcoholic beverages.
Hampton Jitney’s Southampton Terminal at the OMNI on County Road 39A, across from the Car Wash.
Parking Lot inside Gabreski Airport to the left of the entrance, at the bus shelter. (Old Riverhead Road, County Road 31).
LIE Exit 63 Park & Ride on North Ocean Ave, between the Speedway Gas Station and Applebee’s parking lot, closest to the bus shelter.
LIE Exit 49 Park & Ride, North side service road, East of Route 110 & West of Pinelawn Rd. by the bus shelter.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Depart from Long Island and head to upstate NY.
Rest and lunch stops will be made on the way.
Late afternoon arrival at your 4 diamond hotel on the St. Lawrence River! 1000 Island Harbor Hotel - Clayton NY - Phone: 1-315-686-1100
The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel has recently been awarded Four Diamond status from the Automobile Association of America (AAA). The hotel is one of only 24 hotels in Upstate New York to earn this distinction. There is an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, and state of the art fitness center.
Relax before dinner, maybe enjoying a drink at the hotel’s 1000 Islands Bar.
Dinner is Included at the hotel this evening.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning.
Depart for your morning visit to the incredible Boldt Castle.
At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size Rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island. The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.
Mid-afternoon check in to: Hotel Novotel - 33 Nicholas St - Ottawa, ON Canada - Phone: 1 613-230-3033
Novotel Ottawa is a trendy full-service 4-star hotel set in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Located just steps from the ByWard Market (one minute walk) and the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Parliament, and across the street from the Rideau Shopping Centre…the leading shopping destination in the city. You can use their newly renovated 24/7 fitness area, indoor swimming pool and/or whirlpool.
Welcome dinner is included this evening at The Canal Ritz situated along the Rideau Canal.
Friday, May 18, 2018 A Full American Breakfast Buffet is included at the hotel before your full day of touring.
Depart hotel with your local costumed guide portraying a historical character.
Enjoy a one hour guided tour of Parliament. (you must go through security to enter this building)
Touring continues with the guide who will show you the nation’s capital including Rideau Hall, Notre-Dame Basilica, the Rideau Canal, Commissioner’s Park, lots of Tulips and much more.
Lunch will be on your own at the ByWard Market.
Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating the creation of a public market and gathering place. Within an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, and more! Easily accessible, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all.
Visit the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Stables and Training Ground. Experience the living tribute to Canadian heritage and history and be charmed by the beauty and elegance of the thoroughbred horses. Visit the stables and carriage house where all the gear for the famed ‘The Musical Ride’ is maintained. Visit Farrington Station where a blacksmith continues the age old tradition of making horseshoes, and shoeing the horses.
Your tour ends downtown and you will then return to the hotel.
Enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own tonight.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Full American Breakfast Buffet included. Bags should be packed for departure.
Enjoy a cruise down the Rideau Canal. You will enjoy the best view possible of one of the engineering marvels of the nineteenth century. Your guide will show you this major part of Canadian history as no one else is able to.
You will have free time for lunch and shopping before heading south.
Time to board your coach for departure to Syracuse.
Arrival and check into your beautiful hotel: Marriott Syracuse Downtown - 100 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY - Phone: 1-315-474-2424
Recently restored to its original glory dating back to 1924, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown invites you to enjoy stunning surroundings both inside and out.
Included dinner at Aster Pantry And Parlor. Drawing inspiration from the diverse landscape, ingredients, tradition, culture and seasons of the area. Supporting our community’s artisans, growers and producers, Aster Pantry & Parlor is a culmination of the region in both cuisine and ambiance.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Breakfast is included at your hotel.
Visit the Erie Canal Museum.
Housed in the 1850 Weigh Lock Building, the last remaining structure of its kind, the Erie Canal Museum is dedicated to telling the incredible adventure story of the Erie Canal. Come aboard a full size replica canal boat. Explore life in a canal town. Experience a part of history that played an imperative role in the growth and development of the United State. The Erie Canal Museum is a must-see for adults and children of all ages!
Board coach to begin your journey home with rest/lunch stop along the way.
Approximate time of return to Southampton.
To provide you with the best possible service, please advise us of any special dietary needs, mobility problems or special accommodation requirements when making your reservation, so that adequate provisions can be made.
Reservations are accepted only with payment at time of booking: We accept credit cards by phone (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover); Cash, Credit Card, or Check at Hampton Jitneys counter in the OMNI lobby. Credit card sales are processed at the time of the reservation. Cancellations will be accepted on a conditional basis. We attempt to resell seats but do not guarantee to do so. If not resold, the customer is still obligated to pay for the non-sold/non-cancelable parts of the package. Any change, refund or cancellation will incur a $25/pp service charge.