2004 Niagara Falls & the Great Lakes

2 Nights in Niagara Falls
7 Nights Cruising Lakes Erie & Huron

You're invited to join Fred Theurkauf on August 9, 2004, for a relaxing 10-day sightseeing and cruising bridge holiday to Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes. We'll begin with two nights at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel overlooking Niagara's majestic cascades before boarding the m/v Nantucket Clipper for seven nights cruising Lakes Erie & Huron plus Canada's beautiful Georgian Bay. We won't miss in-depth touring of the awe-inspiring falls, time in quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake and seeing architectural wonders in the city of Buffalo, New York before embarking the m/v Nantucket Clipper for seven nights of casual luxury cruising from Buffalo to Sault-Ste-Marie. From windswept shorelines and rocky cliffs to sandy beaches and thousands of glimmering green islands, from lakeside towns to fishing villages, from scenery galore to wildlife visible right from the deck of our ship, we'll do and see it all on this "Just Relax Week and a Half." And, of course, don't forget the warm bridge hospitality of the local Canadian players that will welcome us in Niagara Falls, plus four relaxing duplicate sessions planned for our own group shipboard.

Dates: August 9 to 18, 2004 - 10 days
Cost: from $2,795 p/p (pricing based on double occupancy)

Tour Schedule
Day 1 Arrive - Niagara Falls
  Arrive by air this afternoon and transfer to our hotel right on the brink of Niagara Falls. Join Fred Theurkauf for a hosted Welcome Cocktail Party & Dinner at our hotel tonight with stunning views of the falls.
Hotel: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Niagara Falls

An up-close-and-personal experience with the Falls awaits us this morning on the Maid of the Mist. Then, it's on to lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake with time to enjoy lunch (on own) in this quaint Victorian town that hugs Lake Ontario's shoreline.
Hotel: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Tonight, we join local Canadian players by special invitation of the St. Catharine's Bridge Club. A most social evening of dinner and duplicate with Ontario locals is planned.
Day 3 Niagara Falls - Embark
  This morning, depart for Lockport on the Erie Canal. Cruise through the locks and learn how the canal enabled the state of New York to become the industrial giant of the 1800's (lunch included). This afternoon, take an architectural tour of the city of Buffalo before boarding the m/v Nantucket Clipper for our 7-nite cruise.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Cruising

m/v Nantucket Clipper
Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising as we sail west on Lake Erie and the Detroit River. Enjoy lectures by historians and onboard naturalists as they prepare you for the wonderful sights you'll see on our Great Lakes itinerary.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 This afternoon, meet your fellow Finesse West Tours travelers in the onboard dining room for a fun session of duplicate with our own group.
Day 5 Windsor

Model T's & more await at the Henry Ford Museum
Enjoy a day of exploring in Windsor, Ontario. You'll have time to stroll the world-renowned open air sculpture park on the riverfront, explore colorful Riverside Park, or take an optional shore excursion to Detroit to visit the Henry Ford Museum, a remarkable showcase of American innovations and ideas that have changed the world.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Goderich / Lake Huron
  Spend a carefree morning exploring the Victorian residences of Goderich, the "prettiest town in Canada." A gracious city with wide, tree-lined streets radiating in a cartwheel pattern from the town's well-maintained central park and unique octagonal town square, Goderich commands a beautiful setting on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 After lunch on board, gather in the dining room for an afternoon of duplicate with our own group.
Day 7 Tobermory / Georgian Bay

Windswept shoreline of Georgian Bay
This afternoon, visit the picture postcard village of Tobermory. With frame houses and twin harbors, the atmosphere of a quiet fishing village prevails. Meander through Little Tub Harbor's boutiques, watch the yachters come and go from their slips, or take an optional glass bottom boat cruise searching for shipwrecks amid the rocks and coves. This afternoon, admire the spectacular limestone cliffs, more than 400 million years old, that line the islands of beautiful Georgian Bay.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Don't miss a fun team game this afternoon aboard the Nantucket Clipper, directed by Fred Theurkauf.
Day 8 Midland / 30,000 Islands
  Enjoy a morning in Midland, first settled by the French in the early 1600's and today a popular vacation center and gateway to the 30,000 Islands. Or, join an optional excursion exploring the fascinating history of the French Jesuits who founded a mission here in 1639 to teach Christianity to the Huron Indians. This afternoon, sail north through Georgian Bay and the 30,000 islands, taking in the scent of pine, the sight of osprey soaring overhead and the occasional centuries-old shipwreck nestled among the granite islands.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Enjoy an afternoon of duplicate with our own group shipboard.
Day 9 Maintoulin Island / Kagawong

South Manitoulin Island
Cruise the coastline of Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island, enjoying the spectacular scenery of windswept shorelines, fine sandy beaches, numerous lakes & bays and lighthouses near peaceful towns and villages. This afternoon, learn the lore and legends of Canada's First Nations as you experience an authentic pow-wow today in Kagawong, an area steeped in the spiritual history of the Great Lakes.
Hotel: Cruising the m/v Nantucket Clipper
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Sault-Ste-Marie - Disembark
  Arrive in Sault-Ste-Marie early this morning and disembark our cruising vessel. Wave goodbye to both old friends and new as you transfer to the airport for your individual flights home.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Your 10-Day Package Includes

 Two nights at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, overlooking Niagara Falls.

 Seven nights cruising aboard the m/v Nantucket Clipper with Canadian ports-of-call in Windsor, Goderich, Tobermory, Midland and Kagawong, and in Sault-Ste-Marie.

 All meals while cruising plus two breakfasts (B), one lunch (L), and two dinners (D) in Niagara Falls.

 History and wildlife lecturers while cruising the waters of Lakes Erie & Huron.

 Special evening with Canadian players in St. Catharine's including dinner and duplicate.

 Four (4) sessions of shipboard bridge directed by Fred Theurkauf.

 Port charges, transfers and porterage.

Mackinac Island's famous Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island Extension -
2 Nights of Old World Charm

Dates: August 18 to 20, 2004
Cost: $857

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