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Travel to Mark Twain’s retreat, The New York Finger Lakes.
So much to see and do on this inclusive coach adventure from Indianapolis to the famous New York Finger Lakes. Illustrious and impressive stops along the way and the beautiful vistas of upstate New York make this an Interlude to remember.
Lights, camera and action abound as we tour the stunning light-filled chapel featuring an extremely rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany – breathtakingly beautiful. Tour the George Eastman Museum for a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century and enjoy the action of a hilarious play as well as lusciously scenic lake tours.
Don’t we all still “Love Lucy”? In Jamestown, you’ll get the opportunity to see where she was born and tour the Lucy-Desi Museum and Desilu Studios. You will savor a once in a lifetime dinner experience at Desi/Lucy “Tropicana” room, the re-creation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous nightclub from “I Love Lucy.” – oh where are Ethel and Fred?
With mansions and gardens, and water cruises and plays and historic homes and so much more, how can you not join us on this Interlude? The New York Finger Lakes are most definitely FABULOUS.
Small Group Tour
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$200 per person|
|Final Balance Due||March 27, 2018|
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*Coach departure from Indianapolis area included. Call for pricing to join from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 76 days and earlier: full refund. 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Indianapolis / Erie, PA
Depart by coach from the Indianapolis area. Along the way we stop for lunch at the historic Davis-Shai House, a beautiful 1861 Gothic Revival home and garden. This evening enjoy dinner and the twin vistas of the Bay and of the city of Erie from Smuggler’s Wharf on Dobbins Landing. Spring Hill suites, Erie, PA (CB,L,D)
Day 2: Erie, PA / Pembroke / Rochester / Canandaigua, NY
Today we depart for New York State, arriving in Pembroke for lunch and entertainment at the elegant Yorkshire Hall. Be prepared to laugh as they present “Don’t Blame the Chef!” It’s utter gourmet-hem as old Italian Master Chef Luigi Mancheezi wants to share his love of cooking with the world. He even sings you an entire recipe. Continue on to Rochester where you’ll tour the George Eastman House, a National Historic Landmark home, with lavish garden and the museum’s collections displayed in changing exhibits. Check-in to your full service hotel on Lake Canandaigua, the first of the major Finger Lakes. Dine with a view of the Finger Lakes this evening. Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua (B,L,D)
Day 3: Canandaigua, NY
Today we explore the spectacular Canandaigua area. Visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the gardens and 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion. The property was purchased by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson in 1863. Box lunches are included here for your enjoyment, to be eaten in the outdoor picnic area or in the Carriage House. Then on to the New York Wine & Culinary Center for a tour and tasting. Time to relax on your afternoon cruise excursion on The Canandaigua Lady. Cruise and listen to a captivating narration on the history of the Steamboat Era, Canandaigua Lake, the Seneca Indians and more! Enjoy some free time at your hotel before we head for dinner at Belhurst Castle overlooking spectacular Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Region. Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua (B,Box L,D)
Day 4: Canandaigua / Auburn / Skaneateles / Auburn, NY
Today you’ll find an extremely rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany at The Willard Memorial Chapel, the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist. Willard Memorial Chapel and the adjoining Welch Memorial Building are the only remaining buildings which were once part of the Auburn Theological Seminary, an educational facility which prepared thousands of pastors and missionaries to travel near and far to spread the gospel. Then imagine a delicious strawberry suspended from the harm of pesticides or the inconvenience of plants grown in the ground. Learn about hydroponic farming and experience the unmatched taste of fresh strawberries. Lunch is nearby at Sherwood Inn situated in the heart of the historic village of Skaneateles, known as the eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes. Built as a stagecoach stop in 1807, the Sherwood Inn has been a favorite resting place for travelers and locals for over two centuries. After time to browse the shops in downtown Skaneateles, enjoy a sightseeing cruise on beautiful Lake Skaneateles. Enjoy the views as the captain shares his knowledge of the lake shore vistas or canal side points of interest. Time to rest before your dinner at Springside Inn, a historic inn located at the north end of Owasco Lake. Following dinner, enjoy a performance at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, NY (B,L,D)
Day 5: Corning / Jamestown, NY
Prepared to be dazzled at The Corning Museum of Glass, home to the world’s largest collection of glass, showcasing 3500 years of glass art and history. Your tour includes Hot Glass Demos and live narrated demonstrations of hot glassblowing. Take some time here for lunch on your own.before we head to Jamestown, Lucille Ball’s home town. At the Lucy-Deci Museum and Desilu Studios you’ll find a warm salute to the ‘First Couple of Comedy’. See original costumes, awards, photographs and other personal memorabilia from the estate of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz including Lucy’s 1972 gold Mercedes. Inside the studio you’ll find the exact recreations of Lucy’s and Ricky’s New York city apartment and Hollywood Hotel Suite…and much more. After touring the museum, enjoy dinner at Desi/Lucy “Tropicana” room, the re-creation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous nightclub from “I Love Lucy.” Hampton Inn, Jamestown, NY (B,D)
Day 6: Akron, OH / Indianapolis
We travel back to Indianapolis today, but not before stopping at the #1 Historic Home Tour in America as rated by readers USA Today, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Stan Hywet is Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark, and is also the nation’s 6th largest historic home open to the public. The Estate includes five historic buildings and eight historic gardens on 70 acres. The collections and furnishings in the Manor House are all original. Enjoy a box lunch from Molly’s Cafe before we depart for home. (B, Box L)