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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE CANDLE LIGHT TOUR
Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada’s prettiest places, is magical over the holidays. The Prince of Wales hotel is our luxury accommodation in the heart of wine country for two nights.
We’ll take in the Shaw Festival opening ceremonies before the Candle Light Stroll begins with carolling choirs under a warm glow. The next day it’s your choice of either Bird Kingdom, the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, or the Butterfly Conservancy, a lush tropical paradise under the flutter of 2,000 brightly-coloured butterfly wings.
The revolving Skylon Tower is a fine place to eat lunch with magnificent views of Niagara Falls. Zee’s is an award-winning modern bistro bar across from the Royal George Theatre, where the Shaw Festival presents “A Christmas Carol.” On the way home we’ll stop for lunch and a wine tasting at the beautiful Rockway Vineyards.
Tour follows travel Route B
Niagara-on-the-Lake sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River. It’s known for its wineries and the summer Shaw Festival, a series of theatre productions. The flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th-century buildings, mainly along Queen Street. Near the river, 19th-century Fort George was built by the British to defend against American attacks.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was originally known as Butlersburg, in honour of Colonel John Butler, the commander of Butler’s Rangers. The Town received an official status in 1781 when it became known as Newark, a British military site and haven for British loyalists fleeing the United States in the volatile aftermath of the American Revolution. Later, it changed names again, this time to Niagara. Niagara was named the first capitol of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario), and the first provincial parliament was convened at Navy Hall in 1792 by Lieutenant-Govenor John Graves Simcoe. During the War of 1812, the capitol was moved to York (later to be renamed as Toronto) so as to be farther from the areas of combat.
The Town played a central part in the War or 1812. It was taken by American forces after a two-day bombardment by cannons from Fort Niagara and the American Fleet, followed by a bloody battle. Later in the war the Town was razed and burnt to the ground by American soldiers as they withdrew to Fort Niagara. Undaunted by this setback, the citizens rebuilt the Town after the War, with the residential quarter around Queen Street and toward King Street, where the new Court House was rebuilt out of firing range of the cannons of Fort Niagara.
Prince of Wales Hotel
Experience the royal treatment in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. With an enviable location at the very heart of charming Niagara-On-The-Lake, the Prince of Wales puts Ontario’s most exciting theatres, shops, and restaurants just steps from your door. Although, once you experience the serene atmosphere of the Secret Garden Spa, the decadence of Noble restaurant, and lavish period décor, you may not want to leave your hotel sanctuary.
The corner stone carved with the date 1864 can still been seen today. It was also named The Arcade Hotel, The Niagara House, and finally in 1901, The Prince of Wales Hotel. This name was chosen in honour of the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of York, who were later crowned King George V and Queen Mary.
Bird Kingdom is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Discover hundreds of tropical birds as you explore the pathways throughout the multi-level rainforest. Meet friendly parrots and exotic animals at Bird Kingdom’s Animal Encounters. Explore the ruins of the Night Jungle that is home to curious owls, bats and fascinating creatures. Lorikeet Landing provides an unforgettable experience where you may feed and interact with the playful lorikeet birds.
Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies. Over 2,000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species, call this beautiful space home. The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation.
The most famous Niagara Falls restaurant – The Skylon Tower offers 2 great levels of fine dining – both 775 feet above the Falls! The Revolving Dining room restaurant silently rotates 360 degrees every hour, giving diners a constantly changing vantage point. It is estimated that more than 8,000 square km’s are viewable from the dining room. It really is the most breathtaking view in all of Niagara Falls.
Our Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Decks are favourite attractions in the region. Glide smoothly to the top aboard our exterior glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.
Our 3D/4D Falls Movie “Legends of Niagara Falls” and our Family Fun Centre promises great entertainment for all ages.
Skylon Tower Fun Facts
- The Revolving Dining Room rotates 360 degrees in one hour
- You can see the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls all from our restaurants and observation deck.
- Visibility from Observatory on a clear day is 80 miles (129 kms).
- Height of Tower above Niagara Falls gorge is 775 ft.
Rockway Vineyards is neatly nestled on The Twenty-Mile Bench of the Niagara Escarpment, one of the great premium grape growing regions of the world. This appellation elicits comparisons to the wine regions of Burgundy and New Zealand for both beauty and wine quality. Limestone-rich soils and ideal growing conditions have helped us produce world class wines.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, , Connections Program and all taxes.
• Candle Light Stroll (enjoy approximately 15 choirs/bands en route)
• Choose between: a guided tour of Bird Kingdom or visit to the Butterfly Conservatory
• Skylon Tower lunch
• Shaw Festival Performance: A Christmas Carol
• Rockway Vineyards guided tour, wine tasting, and lunch
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights)
Travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Candle Light Stroll
Stay: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Prince of Wales Hotel
Nights: 2 nights
Bird Kingdom or Butterfly Conservancy, Shaw Performance
After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a morning of your choice:
Option 1: Bird Kingdom Guided Tour
Discover parrots, lorikeets, owls, bats, and exotic creatures in the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. A tropical multi-level rainforest with pathways and ruins, see exotic, fascinating animals up close!
Option 2: Butterfly Conservancy
The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden is home to over 2,000 butterflies. The Butterfly Conservatory is lush and tropical with waterfalls trickling in the background as 45 species of butterflies create a colourful paradise all around.
Meals: B, L, 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.