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RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
The holidays are coming, and there’s a bustle in New York! We’ll kick things off with a guided tour of this magnificent city, famous the world over for the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Broadway, Central Park, Times Square – striploin and the New York minute – Rockefeller Center’s giant spruce tree (aglow for the season), and, of course, Radio City!
Radio City is the world’s largest indoor theatre. Its marquee stretches a full city block, 25,000 lights shine on its shimmering gold curtain, twin Wurlitzer organs flank the stage, 6000 seats face its grand arched ceiling, and the most famous celebrities in the world have graced its halls since 1933. America’s #1 holiday show is the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular – and it’s spectacular! More than 1 million people come each year to see their signature long-legged high-kick chorus line performed in perfect unison. We’ll take in the toe-tapping sensational Rockettes glitz and glam from orchestra seats!
To complete our impressive list of New York hotspots and highlights, we’ll visit the National 9/11 Memorial Museum and the One World Trade Center Observatory at the top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” may have been around for 85 years, but don’t call it old-fashioned. The annual Yuletide showcase for the Rockettes got a major tech upgrade in 2018, boosting the show’s immersive and interactive elements, incorporating drones in the performance and bridging tech and live entertainment in ways that all comes together in a brand-new finale staged by Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock. Don’t worry: The “Christmas Spectacular” still has the traditional Nativity scene, replete with live camels, which has always come toward the end of the annual production. But the new finale — featuring performers interacting with animation on one of the largest 8K LED displays in the world; 100 small, flying drones; live aerialists; and, of course, a new number for the Rockettes — will turn its attention to the North Star.
The Rockettes are an American precision dance company. Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, since 1932.
What does it take to become a Rockette If you can do 300 kicks in 90 minutes, you’re on your way to becoming one of NYC’s iconic Christmas dancers. You have to be proficient in jazz, tap and ballet. … You must be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall. … You must be at least 18 years of age. … Two-day auditions are held each spring at Radio City. …
How many shows do the Rockettes do a year? They perform eight dance numbers per show, up to four shows daily, 200 shows a season. The show produces 350 laundry loads weekly.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. Located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit institution whose mission is to raise funds for, program, and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site.
A forest of swamp white oak trees Look down on two square reflecting pools, marking where the Twin Towers stood.
Just steps from your hotel finds you on Broadway,the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. Today it is the heart of the American theatre industry. It’s very easy to get tickets for many shows right in Time Square.
Discover the Heart of New York, the world-famous Empire State Building. Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Enjoy the 86thfloor Observation deck The Highest Open-Air Observatory in New York. As the most famous observatory in the world. The 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments. It wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. You can also visit the enclosed 102nd floor observatory as well
Described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era, Rockefeller Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Take a guided tour and have an extraordinary look into the rich history and breathtaking artistry of New York’s most famous landmark. Your journey begins over 80 years ago with John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s unwavering vision for a cultural center and touches upon all the great works of art and architecture that comprise it today. An expert historian will guide you through the Center’s most significant buildings, gardens and spaces.
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted into law the setting aside of more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island to create America’s first major landscaped public park; they would soon refer to it as “the Central Park.” The design, is one of the great masterpieces of American art, sweeping meadows and vast water bodies designed to appear limitless, while brilliantly belying the Park’s long and narrow rectangle within New York City’s rigid grid. These grand pastoral scenes are carefully juxtaposed with the intimacy of picturesque woodlands featuring dense plantings, meandering streams, and dramatic rockwork arranged to include naturalistic caves, grottos, and cascades.
A formal Mall, the grand elm-lined promenade and the main architectural feature, Bethesda Terrace, a two-tiered esplanade featuring elaborate carvings and a central sculptural fountain that became Angel of the Waters, are just a few of the treasures the park has for you to explore.
Explore the bedrock upon which New Your City is built, hear the voices of those who built One World Trade Center, then board the SkyPod Elevators and climb 102 stories in 47 seconds. This astonishing ride reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s remarkable forest of skyscrapers. One World Trade Center is also known as the Freedom Tower.You get an unrestricted 360 view of the city and surrounding area. If your daring step out on the Sky Portal: Step on this 14-foot wide circular glass disc that offers an unforgettable perspective using high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 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.
• Guided tour and free time in New York City
• Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (Orchestra seats)
• 9/11 Memorial Museum
• One World Trade Center Observatory
• Scranton, PA: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (1 night)
• New York, NY: Marriott Marquis (2 nights)
• Scranton, PA: Embassy Suites (1 night)
Travel by deluxe motorcoach to Scranton for an overnight stay. Get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at your hotel this evening.
Stay: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton
New York City Sightseeing, Free Time
Arrive into New York City for lunch on your own in Times Square. After lunch, enjoy a guided city tour followed by a free evening to explore as you wish. With your hotel right in the heart of Times Square, you’re close to all the action!
Stay: Marriott Marquis, New York
Free Time, Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
Today you have the whole day to explore New York City on your own. Shop, visit one of the many museums, or relax and enjoy a meal at one of the fine restaurants. You may want to take a horse and buggy ride through Central Park, or enjoy afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel. The city will be spruced up and twinkling for Christmas.
This evening you will attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It is one of New York City’s oldest Christmas traditions. Enjoy the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” that have been part of the show since the very beginning.
The Radio City Rockettes, are the centerpiece of the show. Their skill and consistency are unparalleled, as is their work ethic – they have been performing 5 shows a day, seven days a week during the Christmas season for more than 75 years!
Meals: B, D
9/11 Memorial Museum, One World Obervatory
This morning visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a tribute to the victims, survivors and their loved ones of 9/11. Next we’ll head to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The 1,776 foot tall One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City.
Depart New York City and return to Scranton for and overnight stay.
Stay: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton
This morning travel through the lovely Finger Lakes region. After a stop for lunch, continue your journey home.
Meals: B, L
- 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.