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This is Ontario’s summer theatre at its finest! When the Canada National Railway left Stratford in 1952, a theatre troupe saved the town by creating a new industry that has attracted crowds for over 60 years. Your Stratford Festival experience begins with a behind the-scenes tour of the Festival’s Archives followed by an evening performance of Billy Elliott the Musical. Based on the 2000 film Billy Elliott, the music is by Elton John and the plot revolves around a British motherless boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes.

In the morning, meander the quaint Mennonite village of St. Jacob’s, replete with horses and carriages. After lunch, travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a performance at the Shaw Festival. Experience the classic production Brigadoon, which tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Songs from the musical, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards. Round out your stay with a visit to Fort George Historic Site and a wine tasting, tour, and lunch at Rockway Vineyards.

Stratford Archives Tour

Tour the new exhibition of costumes, props and images from past productions of Othello and Antony and Cleopatra, plays that focus on relationships – and clashes – between people from very different backgrounds.


Stratford Festival performance of Billy Elliott

Dreams don’t come easy in the hardscrabble mining town, riven by a bitter national strike, where eleven-year-old Billy lives with his bereaved family. But Billy’s discovery of his talent for dance awakens in him a passion that will transform his life and win the hearts of his whole community.

With its inspirational story, moving dance numbers and music by pop legend Elton John, this gritty new take on the smash-hit show – reimagined for Stratford – really packs a punch.


Shaw Festival production of Brigadoon

Experience the classic production Brigadoon, which tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Songs from the musical, such as “Almost Like Being in Love” have become standards.



St. Jacobs

Meander the quaint Mennonite village of St. Jacob’s, replete with horses and carriages.

Niagara on the Lake

Explore what is often described as the prettiest town in Ontario. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a well-preserved 19th-century village located in the heart of Ontario Wine Country.

While here enjoy some free time to wander through the Heritage District where you will find whimsical boutiques, antique shops, delightful bistros – and maybe even a horse drawn carriage or two!


Fort George 

Overlooking the Niagara River, Fort George was built between 1796 and 1802. This fortification served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a pivotal role in the defence of Upper Canada. Fort George saw action during the Battle of Queenston Heights, was destroyed and captured by the Americans during the Battle of Fort George, and was reclaimed by the British seven months later.

(source: friendsoffortgeorge.ca)

Rockway Vineyards

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 Rockway produce world class wines.

Wine Museum

Rockway have assembled an extraordinary exhibit of the history of wine-making from the ages past. The museum exemplifies the chronological order of the vinification process and how a bottle of wine reaches our grasp.


Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.


Stratford: Best Western Plus the Arden Park Hotel (1 night)
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Pillar and Post or Queen’s Landing (1 night)


Stratford Festival Archives Tour and Performance

This morning enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stratford Festival archives, a fascinating costume and prop warehouse, home to thousands of costumes and hundreds of props – one of the largest collections in North America. Check into your hotel late afternoon before enjoying dinner at the festival theatre followed by a performance of Billy Elliot the Musical.

Stay: Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel, Stratford
Nights: 1
Meals: D


St. Jacobs, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Shaw Festival Performance

Travel to St. Jacobs this morning where you will have time to explore lovely shops and sample tasty local fare. Arrive in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the hotel or explore this quaint village. This evening you’ll indulge in another fabulous dinner before your evening performance of Brigadoon at the Shaw Festival.

Stay: Pillar and Post or Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D


Fort George, Rockway Vineyards

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Fort George and then make your way to Rockway Vineyards where you’ll enjoy lunch and a tour and tasting. Journey home with fond memories of your getaway.

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.

General Travel

  • 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.

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