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Day 1 – Home to Celoron, NY 

Our adventure begins with a flight to New York. We’ll then make our way to the small village of Celoron, NY where we will find the luxurious Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, a nine-acre resort on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake. We’ll gladly settle into our waterfront rooms for two wonderful nights! Did you know that Celoron is the childhood home of “The First Lady of Comedy,” Lucille Ball?! With the Lucille Ball Memorial Park located next door to our hotel, we’ll enjoy the short walk over for a fun evening including a classic cookout picnic and dancing to live music by a favorite local band! As we stroll back to the hotel for a great night’s rest, you may wish to snap an evening picture of the Celoron Lighthouse along the way. If you’re not quite ready to retire for the night, head out to the hotel’s expansive lakeside patio and enjoy relaxing by a fire pit. 

Included Meals: Dinner 

Hotel: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel (2 Nights) 

 

Day 2 – Celoron & Jamestown, NY 

Breakfast is served at the hotel, fueling us for a busy day of “Cruisin and Comedy.” First, we’ll see Jamestown how Lucy would have on our “LucyTown” Tour. This driving tour takes us to the theater where she caught the acting bug, to the house where she was raised, to the many I Love Lucy murals, to her schools, her final resting place, and more. Next, up is the Ultimate I Love Lucy Experience as we visit the Lucy Desi Museum, celebrating the Legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. We’ll experience exact re-creations of the studio sets of the most beloved TV comedy of all time — I Love Lucy — including the Ricardos’ New York City apartment and their Hollywood hotel suite. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation and production of the show as well as an intimate look into the personal lives and careers of Lucy and Desi. Featuring original scripts, costumes worn by Lucy, and her Emmy Awards, we’ll be immersed in the legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy!” After an included lunch, it’s fitting that we’d find the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. This new and highly interactive museum was named “One of the reasons to love America’’ by People Magazine. Learn about your favorite comedians from the past and discover new ones as we explore every genre of comedy, from stand-up, sketch and improv to television, radio, movies and more. Later we will board the historic & restored Chautauqua Belle, one of only five still-operating authentic steamers in North America. With her classic Steamboat lines, tall stacks and gingerbread lattice, the Belle is one of the most photographed and well-known icons in Western New York. As we cruise beautiful Chautauqua Lake, we’ll be regaled with history of the lake and we’ll partake in a tasty BBQ dinner. Then sit back and enjoy the water! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 3 – Celoron to Niagara Falls, Ontario 

We will depart after breakfast at the hotel and travel to the Lake Erie Grape Discovery Center to learn why western NY is the ideal place for growing concord grapes. A special demonstration is in store as a culinary chef shares with us his wide selection of all-natural super premium salad dressings, salsas, and more! We’ll enjoy our hand at new culinary skills, partake in tasty samples, and leave with delicious recipes to take back home! We’ll also have time to browse their “grapey” gift shop. Then we’ll head to a local winery where an Italian feast paired with a local red wine is served. After lunch, we’ll enjoy some samples of wine and have fun trying our “feet” at some grape stomping (weather permitting.) Next we travel to North Tonawanda, NY where deliciousness awaits at Platter’s Chocolate Factory! In 1938, Carl Platter decided to do what his friends and family said he did best, make chocolate. Not just any chocolate however, but the chocolate North Tonawanda has come to know and love: orange chocolate. During our visit, we’ll learn about their processes as we watch them from multiple viewing areas. Perhaps they’ll be whipping up a batch of sponge or showing us how they make hollow novelties by hand. Of course we’ll be leaving with chocolate in hand! Late afternoon we’ll depart, traveling up and around Lake Erie and into Canada to stunning Niagara Falls. We’re treated to two nights at the Sheraton at the Falls, with a picture-postcard view of the falls from our windows! Dinner is on your own. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Treat 

Hotel: Sheraton at the Falls – Fallsview Rooms (2 Nights) 

 

Day 4 – Niagara Falls 

A hearty breakfast at the hotel will prepared us for a full day of exploring this magnificent and industrious area. First we’ll head to the Niagara Parks Power Station, the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Now featuring immersive exhibits, restored artifacts, and interactive storytelling, we will experience several different activities while here. From the most towering turbine to the tiniest detail, we’ll uncover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Niagara Parks Power Station. This not-to-be-missed experience will have us diving into the history of the visionaries behind the Station as well as the workers that kept it running for 100 years. Then we’ll descend 180 feet below the Power Station in a glass-paneled elevator! Our destination? The Tunnel! At 2,200-foot long, the Tunnel leads us to an observation deck at the powerful and beautiful river’s edge. Be sure you have your walking shoes on for this underground journey, and just wait until you find out how they excavated this tunnel in 1901! We’ll then head above ground for an included lunch before we experience Niagara Falls up close and from the water’s perspective. We’ll board the Niagara Cruises for a ride to the base of the falls for a truly unique way to enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World! The remainder of the afternoon is free time to relax or explore on your own. For dinner, we have chosen a delightful restaurant located in a restored 20th-century iconic building with spectacular panoramic views of the majestic falls! Afterwards, we will make our way back to experience the remarkable Niagara Parks Power Station in a whole new way with Currents, an epic sight and sound night show inside the heart of the plant. This one-of-a-kind sensory experience reawakens the machinery of this iconic power plant through imagery, color, lights, sound, and a breathtaking musical score. We’ll walk through this historic space and explore the incredible transformation of water to power via this 115-year-old engineering marvel. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 5 – Niagara Falls to Home 

Breakfast is served at the hotel before we head to the airport and check in for our return flight home. What a grand time we’ve had alongside Lucy & Desi with a Taste of Niagara Falls! 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $2,599
Single: $3,069
Triple: $2,449
Quad: $2,389

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $200
Single: $235

Travel Bucks

$40 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 60 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed

Yes

Tour Pace

Extensive Walking

Price Includes

RT Airfare including taxes, fuel surcharges, & baggage fees! 10 Meals & Treat, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach.



The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 73°
Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
42°
Minneapolis, Mn
22°
Lucy & Desi with a Taste of Niagara Falls
Flyaway Departure Date:
09/15/2024
Flyaway Return Date:
09/19/2024

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Tour Highlights

* 2 Nights at Chautauqua Harbor Hotel (Waterfront Rooms!)
* Picnic & Dancing at Lucille Ball Memorial Park
* LucyTown Driving Tour
* Lucy Desi Museum
* National Comedy Center
* Dinner Cruise aboard authentic steamer, Chautauqua Belle
* Grape Discovery Center with Culinary Demonstration
* Italian Feast Winery Experience
* 2 Nights at Sheraton at the Falls (Fallsview Rooms!)
* Niagara Parks Power Station including The Tunnel
* “Voyage to the Falls” Niagara Cruise
* Currents Show at Niagara Parks Power Station
* Platter’s Chocolate Factory Tour & Treat



Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
42°
Minneapolis, Mn
22°
Lucy & Desi with a Taste of Niagara Falls
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 73°
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