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Cleveland rocks! But there’s so much more to Cleveland. A hard working sports city with historic venues, Cleveland is a place of theatre, art, and food. Nighttown has been the eating and music mecca of Cleveland for over 50 years. With three bars and six “distinctly different” dining rooms, Nighttown is the real deal, so grab a t-shirt!
Cleveland would be just any other city without the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Six levels of Blues, Gospel, R&B, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Fifties, Soul, and Heavy Metal memorabilia make for a legendary music experience. In the evening, we’ll see the Cleveland skyline from the water as we dine aboard the Nautica Queen.
The Garden Café is located in the Botanical Gardens. Visit the glass house, desert and rainforest biomes in lush, tropical surroundings. Then we’ll go Bavarian! The Hofbrauhaus, serves up traditional Bavarian cuisine and bier brewed on site the same way since 1589. On the last night, enjoy a theatre performance of Phantom of the Opera (April) or Dear Evan Hanson (June) before your return journey home the next morning.
Cleveland is the second-largest city in Ohio. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It became a manufacturing center due to its location on both the river and the lake shore, as well as being connected to numerous canals and railroad lines. Cleveland’s economy relies on diversified sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedicals. Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Playhouse Square Center is the epicenter of the Cleveland Theater District and the second largest theater district in the United States.
Cleveland residents are called “Clevelanders”. The oldest nickname for the city is “The Forest City”.
When John Barr opened Nighttown on February 5, 1965, it was a one-room bar. Constructed in 1920, the building had previously housed the Cedar Hill Diner, a deli, Sam’s Beauty Parlor and Stock’s Candies. The Silhouette Lounge, which was run by mob-operated Cadillac Amusements, replaced Stock’s Candies in 1960. After the feds shut down the Silhouette Lounge, Barr leased the storefront and named the tavern after the Dublin red-light district in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The space was quite small and had an upright piano upon which a few local musicians would occasionally play. A restaurant area was added in 1966.
As Nighttown became more popular, Barr expanded the restaurant and bar into three other storefronts surrounding the original space. Today the 400-seat establishment comprises six dining rooms and three bars.
Nighttown now is one of the world’s premier venues for jazz music, according to DownBeat magazine. A short list of Nighttown’s performing alumni includes Freddy Cole, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli, Brian Auger, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tommy Tune, Ray Brown, Basia, Cyrille Aimee, Esperanza Spaulding, John Legend, Dick Cavett and Dick Gregory. In addition to formally booked acts, numerous musicians—from Wynton Marsalis to Stevie Wonder—have dropped in for impromptu performances. Nighttown also became the permanent home of the Press Club of Cleveland’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.
(Image courtesy of: Nighttown)
The Nautica Queen’s unique adventure combines the best of dining and sightseeing in Downtown Cleveland. While aboard the Nautica Queen, you’ll cruise under historic bridges and experience the breathtaking view of Downtown Cleveland’s skyline.
The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts. From the very first map of Cleveland to LeBron James’ championship shoes, journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today, with the extensive collection and interactive exhibits at the Cleveland History Center. Ride on the restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, walk through two historic mansions, experience the evolution of the automobile in Cleveland and the world in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, and discover why Cleveland is Mad For Plaid. Cleveland Starts Here®. Cleveland Starts with You!
CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN BRINGS YOUR SENSES TO LIFE
What surprises await when you visit the Garden? Maybe your nose will delight in flowers and plants that smell just like popcorn, or chocolate. Perhaps you’ll see landscapes in an all new way — even edibly. Explore two continents through one door. Even renew your spirit in a peaceful oasis.
The Garden is a vibrant experience of your own design. It’s ever-changing. You can lose yourself in 20 unique gardens lush with dazzling color and uncommonly beautiful plants. Experience the rainforest and desert biomes of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. Walk along a shaded woody boardwalk. You never know where your Garden visit might take you.
Hofbräuhaus, Cleveland is modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany! Guests are able to enjoy many of the traditions from Germany that have made Hofbräuhaus famous. From the traditionally decorated rooms in the building to the beer that is brewed on-site, and of course the excellent German fare, Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is a memorable experience for all.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. The building houses more than 55,000 square feet of exhibition space.
“In designing this building,” the architect Pei said, “it was my intention to echo the energy of rock and roll. I have consciously used an architectural vocabulary that is bold and new, and I hope the building will become a dramatic landmark for the city of Cleveland and for fans of rock and roll around the world.”
I. M Pei was also the architect for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
The Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown is the former Board of Education building. The 189-room hotel sits downtown and boasts more than 3,900 square feet of meeting space. The two-story lobby features two fully restored murals painted by Cora Holden in 1931. Drury Hotels began the restoration and preservation of the building in 2014, which is within walking distance of FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field and the Quicken Loans Arena.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
- Cleveland guided City Tour
- Lunch and entertainment at Nighttown
- Nautica Queen dinner cruise
- Cleveland History Center
- Cleveland botanical Gardens
- Dinner at Hofbrauhaus
- Theatre Performance – Dear Evan Hanson
Cleveland, OH: Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown (3 nights)
Board our luxury motor coach and relax as we head to Cleveland, Ohio. We’ll arrive in time for dinner at our hotel this evening.
Stay: Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland
We’ll return to the hotel and freshen up before we depart for our dinner and
Meals: B, L, D
Meals: B, D
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.